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Utah Tiger Trout Fishing Reports
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Revised 10-20-17


Links give descriptions of the lake and facilities available. Check proclamtion for details on fishing restrictions as these may not be complete.

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.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Causey Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 14) Our Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of two weeks ago, there were thousands of spawners at Causey. We expect the spawning run to last at least another week.

(Oct 5) Our Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of two weeks ago, there were thousands of spawners at Causey. We expect the spawning run to last at least another week.

(Sep 30) DWR Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of last week, there were thousands of spawners. We expect the spawning run to last at least another one to two weeks.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 14) To catch trout here, try using a bead head soft hackle fly in black and copper. The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout on Aug. 18.

(Oct 5) To catch trout here, try using a bead head soft hackle fly in black and copper. The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout on Aug. 18.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 20) The reservoir is about 80 percent full. Fishing has recently been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch is rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers report receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Oct 14) The reservoir is about 80 percent full and the water temperature is in the 60s. Fishing has been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch this week was rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers have reported receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Oct 5) The reservoir is about 80 percent full and the water temperature is in the 60s. Fishing is fair to good. One angler reported good fishing last week trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers report no bites at all on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

(Sep 30) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Fishing was fair to good for wipers and rainbow trout. One angler reported good success trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Multiple anglers reported no bites at all on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommended using PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

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.

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Oct 14) Fishing has been best in the middle of the reservoir. Fishing has been slower along the banks. Anglers are finding success using a size 6 bead head crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl color combinations. A size 8 bead head woolly bugger, in black and orange, has also worked. If you're fishing with flies, try using a fast sinking line, such as a No. 8 fly line. Spinner lures may also work—especially in deeper waters. The reservoir was last stocked with 10,000 tiger trout on June 19.

(Oct 5) Fishing has been best in the middle of the reservoir, while fishing has been slower along the banks. Anglers are finding success using a size 6 bead head crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl color combinations. A size 8 bead head woolly bugger, in black and orange, has also worked. If you're fishing with flies, try using a fast sinking line, such as a No. 8 fly line. Spinner lures may also work, especially in deeper waters. The reservoir was last stocked with 10,000 tiger trout on June 19.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Angler reports indicate that the fishing has slowed down compared to the fast action the past few weeks. One angler reported trying all kinds of methods and having no success at all. If you still want to try your luck at Hyrum, simple methods have been working in past weeks: fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Oct 14) Sheer numbers rather than size have been the name of the game at Hyrum this week and the last. If you're looking for a place to take children or people new to fishing, Hyrum might be a good place to try. Anglers have been catching huge numbers of tiny fish from shore using simple methods such as fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup, or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow. Although one angler who was fishing by boat reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout this week, the most likely catch was perch and small bass.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Oct 5) Fishing is hot at Hyrum this week. If you're looking for a place to take children or people new to fishing, this is a great spot. Anglers are catching huge numbers of tiny fish from shore using simple methods such as fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow. Some anglers were catching small brown trout using a spinner, but the most likely catch was perch and small bass. Those who caught trout reported the fish were eight to ten inches, but in large quantities, and willing to bite. This is a great time to land lots of tugs on your lines.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 31. Catch one of the tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

(Sep 30) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is 60 percent full. The State Park reports that fishing for perch has been very good, with worms working well. Trout fishing is fair but picking up. PowerBait, worms and trolling have been best. If you're looking for an additional challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 14) During a recent survey, DWR biologists found many cutthroat trout and splake over 18 inches long. The fish were eating mostly crayfish and flying ants, so try using lures that imitate them. Tiger muskie have been eating chub here, so chub meat may be an effective bait to catch them.

(Oct 5) Fishing at the reservoir should pick up as the temperature cools. To catch trout, try using spinner lures. For tiger muskie, try spoons and Rapalas. Fishing is usually best on the rocky shorelines and in deep water. The reservoir was stocked with about 14,800 fingerling tiger muskie on April 29. More than 23,000 fingerling splake were stocked on Aug. 2.

Regulations

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

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 20) Fair to good fishing reported at the Box Creek reservoirs. Slower fishing at the north end lakes and Manning Meadow Reservoir.

(Oct 6) Fair to good fishing reported at the Box Creek reservoirs. Slower fishing at the north end lakes and Manning Meadow Reservoir.

Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows. Try using chartreuse PowerBait Power Eggs, silver with red dots Jake's Spin-A-Lures and 1.5 to 2-inch white tube jigs scented with garlic Smelly Jelly.

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.

Regulations

Rockport Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) On Oct. 18, an algal bloom warning was announced for this reservoir. Please be sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts. Fishing at Rockport was unusually slow last week, but anglers are reporting fair to good fishing this week. One group of anglers who trolled the shorelines in the morning in 20 to 50 feet of water caught several decent-sized rainbow trout in a few hours. Try using Rapalas, Jake's lures, worms or PowerBait in garlic or rainbow.

(Oct 14) Fishing was rougher than usual at Rockport this week, according to anglers. Reporting anglers tried several lures and presentations for an extended period of time and received very few bites. They also observed other anglers on the water having no luck as well. Before this week, several methods worked: worms, spinners, garlic or rainbow PowerBait, or trolling with Rapalas.

(Oct 5) The water level at Rockport looks great (98 percent full) and anglers report good — but not incredibly fast — fishing. Some reporting anglers did well trolling in about 25 to 50 feet of water with Rapalas. The rainbow trout caught were about 15 to 17 inches long, according to the anglers that reported a successful catch. Worms and spinners have also done well recently. Shore anglers have been catching fish using garlic or rainbow PowerBait.

(Sep 30) Fishing for rainbow trout and perch has been good. Anglers recommend fishing shallow. Worms, spinners and small jointed Rapalas have worked well. Shore fishers reported that PowerBait did well – especially garlic, peach and rainbow.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

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

(Oct 20) Fishing ranges from good to hot for tiger trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. According to anglers, all lakes are still virtually ice-free as of this week. They've been freezing overnight, then melting after the sun rises. Snow depth is less than five inches according to anglers. This time of year, anglers recommend fly patterns such as renegades, serendipity, mosquitoes, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, hare's ears and San Juan worms. Try a fly-and-bubble setup if you don't have a fly rod. You could also use a spinner or Rapala in blue, pink or orange. Worms under a bobber or floated with a mini marshmallow have also been successful strategies recently, especially in the lakes off of Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake. Be sure to check weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas!

(Oct 14) Fishing is still good for tiger trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. This time of year, anglers recommend patterns such as renegades, serendipity, mosquitos, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, hare's ears and San Juan worms. Try a fly-and-bubble setup if you don't have a fly rod. You could also use a spinner or Rapala in blue, pink or orange. Worms under a bobber or floated with a mini marshmallow have also been successful strategies recently, especially in the lakes off of Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas!

(Oct 5) Fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout is still good. This week, spinners and Rapalas did well in blue, pink and orange colors. You can also try woolly buggers, worms under a bobber, worm floated with a mini marshmallow or PowerBait at many of the lakes off Mirror Lake Highway. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas!

(Sep 30) Anglers report good fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout this week. Woolly Buggers did great this week. Several lakes in the Uintas were recently stocked with arctic grayling. Smith-Morehouse Reservoir in particular was stocked with over 22,000 grayling on September 19. If you don't have flies, try using a spinner, worm under a bobber, worm floated off the bottom with a mini marshmallow or PowerBait at many of the lakes off Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake and Mirror Lake. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.











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