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Utah Tiger Trout Fishing Reports
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Revised 12-09-17


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)

(Dec 1) Fishing has recently been slow at Causey, according to reporting anglers.

(Nov 24) Fishing has recently been slow at Causey, according to reporting anglers.

(Nov 19) Anglers report slow fishing.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Dec 9) Duck Fork Reservoir and many other waters on the South Manti are covered in unstable ice and possibly inaccessible to highway vehicles.

(Nov 19) The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout in August. Try using dark soft hackle or bead head flies to catch tiger and cutthroat trout here.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Dec 9) As of last week, fishing was still good for rainbow trout. One angler caught several rainbows in a few hours by trolling a brightly colored lure.

(Dec 1) Fishing is still good for rainbow trout. One angler caught several rainbows in a few hours by trolling a brightly colored lure.

(Nov 24) Ever since the reservoir was stocked with over 23,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 31, anglers are reporting good fishing for mainly planter-sized trout with a few 15- to 16-inch trout mixed in. Fishing was still good this week, according to reporting anglers. One group of anglers last week reported catching over 20 planter-sized trout in about four hours. Try using a rainbow Rapala or pop gear tipped with a worm.

(Nov 19) Anglers have reported good fishing primarily for planter-sized trout with a few 15- to 16-inch trout mixed in since the reservoir was stocked with over 23,000 rainbow trout on October 31. One group of anglers reported catching over 20 planter-sized trout in about four hours. Try using a rainbow Rapala or popgear tipped with a worm.

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 30) The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout and a few splake on streamers, flashy lures and nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are caught near shore as they are actively feeding before winter sets in. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

(Nov 19) The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout and a few splake on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers. Most of the fish are caught near shore as they are actively feeding before winter sets in. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Dec 9) Huntington Reservoir and many others on the Manti skyline are covered with unstable ice and possibly inaccessible to highway vehicles.

(Nov 19) Fishing has been best during the late morning and early afternoon hours. Those fishing from boats are having better luck than those fishing from shore. To catch trout here, try using a fast-sinking line with green buggers and leeches. You might also find success trolling a 3-inch red-sided shiner minnow or Rapala pattern.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 9) One report from an angler drove by the reservoir and reported that there is a thin layer of ice. We have not been able to verify ice coverage or thickness with the state park or other anglers yet.

(Dec 1) If you're looking for a quiet place to fish this week, Hyrum might be a good place to consider. The State Park reports fair fishing this week and very few anglers on the water. Boat anglers are having the best luck, while shore anglers are having more trouble. Try PowerBait and worms if you're shore fishing. If you're using a boat, trolling has worked best this week, according to the State Park.

(Nov 24) Although a DWR employee was unable to find anyone fishing the reservoir this week, fishing has consistently been fair to good at Hyrum these past few weeks. Perch and trout have been the most likely catch. If you're going for perch, try jigging about two feet off of the bottom. For trout, your standard worms and PowerBait are good to try, especially if you're fishing from shore.

(Nov 19) We didn't receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has consistently been fair to good the past few weeks. Perch and trout are the most likely catch. If you're going for perch, try jigging about two feet off of the bottom. For trout, try worms and PowerBait especially if you're fishing from shore.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Dec 9) Fishing has been slow to fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Anglers have had luck catching splake and cutthroat trout between 12 and 20 inches using a size 4 beadhead black-and-silver crystal bugger on a medium-sinking line. Try also using rapalas, spoons and traditional spinner lures for catching larger trout and tiger muskie.

(Nov 19) A recent gill net survey found several large cutthroat trout, splake and tiger muskie at the reservoir. A look at stomach content found that the trout were feeding on small crayfish and flying ants, while the tiger muskie were eating chub.

Regulations

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 30) 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. The end of the boat ramp is at the present water level.

(Nov 19) 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)

No recent reports.

Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Dec 9) Anglers are catching rainbows and tigers. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Mepps Spinners, Kastmaster Spoons or Maniac Custom Lures Cut'R Bugs. Note: you can split the tails on the Cut'R Bugs for added action when retrieving. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time.

(Nov 24) Anglers are catching 12- to 14-inch tigers. Remember tiger trout are piscivorous (fish eaters) so you will have success using any type or lure or bait that imitates a live or wounded fish. Try using Rapala BX Joint Minnows, 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnows, or Rapala Jigging Shad Rap. For rainbows use traditional methods or try using gold or silver Kastmaster Spoons.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Nov 30) The dock at the north boat ramp has been pulled out for the winter. Conditions are improving with colder weather. The water level is slightly higher than it has been in fall during the last couple of years. There are still lots of weeds, but it is a little easier to get around them or cast past them. Also, there are large mats of dead weeds floating around that you may have to dodge. The north shore has fewer weeds, though the mats are washing up on the rocks there. Shore fishing is fair to good as rainbow, cutthroat, and tiger trout cruise close to shore feeding. Power bait and night crawlers are working well for rainbows up to 17 inches. Flies are also catching rainbows, as well as some cutthroat and tigers. For larger cutthroat and tigers use 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.

(Nov 19) The dock at the north boat ramp has been pulled out for the winter. Conditions are improving with colder weather. The water level is slightly higher than it has been in fall during the last couple of years. There are still lots of weeds, but it is a little easier to get around them or cast past them. Also, there are large mats of dead weeds floating around that you may have to dodge. The north shore has fewer weeds, though the mats are washing up on the rocks there. Shore fishing is fair to good as rainbow, cutthroat, and tiger trout cruise close to shore feeding. Power bait and night crawlers are working well for rainbows up to 17 inches. Flies are also catching rainbows, as well as some cutthroat and tigers. For larger cutthroat and tigers use 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.

Regulations

Rockport Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Dec 9) According to several angler reports, fishing on the reservoir was so-so this week. One shore angler reported catching one decent-sized trout and having no other bites. Other anglers caught a handful of fish over the course of a day. Although one Division biologist suspects that the reservoir needs more time before it will cap with ice, bear in mind that there might be ice on the edges if you're looking to launch a boat.

(Dec 1) One pair of anglers who fished Rockport on November 25 caught eight rainbow trout in about four hours of fishing from a kayak. The fish ranged from 8 to 16 inches in length. They stayed south of the boat ramp on the highway side of the reservoir, trolling a shallow-running crankbait on one rod and a dodger and apex on the other. Running lures just a few feet under the surface brought them the greatest success.

(Nov 24) Fishing at Rockport was fair to good this week. The boat ramp is still clear of ice and snow. If you're fishing by boat, trolling with a Rapala on the south end of the reservoir is recommended. If you're shore fishing, try garlic PowerBait or shrimp.

(Nov 19) Fishing has been slow, but one group of anglers reported fair trolling this week with a black-and-silver Rapala tipped with nightcrawler. They received several strikes and landed two fish.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

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

(Dec 9) Fishing is good to hot at many of the mountain lakes this week, according to anglers. One angler last week described their fishing experience as providing nonstop action. Tiger trout, rainbow trout and a few brook trout were the most likely catch this week and they were reportedly very hungry and aggressive. We also received a couple reports of people catching greyling. According to one angler who fished in the mountains on November 28, the ice at these lakes ranges from four to six inches in thickness. Be cautious, however, because ice conditions and thickness may have changed since this report. The most productive depth for fishing was six feet of water. We highly recommend snowmobiles or 4WD because of the heavy snow in the mountains during the winter. Please be sure to check road and weather conditions before heading up to the Uintas!

(Dec 1) Fishing is good to hot in the various mountain lakes this week, according to anglers. One angler described the fishing as providing nonstop action. Tiger trout, rainbow trout and a few brook trout were the most likely catch this week and they were reportedly very hungry and aggressive. We also received a couple reports of people catching greyling. According to one angler who fished in the mountains on November 28, the ice at these lakes ranges from four to six inches in thickness. Be cautious, however, because ice conditions and thickness may have changed since this report. The most productive depth for fishing was six feet of water. We highly recommend snowmobiles or 4WD because of the heavy snow in the mountains during the winter. Please be sure to check road and weather conditions before heading up to the Uintas!

(Nov 24) Although anglers reported fun fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout, the weather conditions made the road a challenge for several reporting anglers. Snowmobiles or 4WD are highly recommended due to heavy snow in the mountains. Please be sure to check road and weather conditions before heading up to the Uintas. The Uinta lakes are icing over! One angler reported that Washington Lake had a hard four inches of ice on Nov. 13. Ice conditions could have changed between this week and the last. Be aware that fishing on thin ice is dangerous. We received reports of anglers falling through the ice last week. If you would like to take the personal risk of attempting ice fishing in these unsafe conditions, be extremely careful and take every possible measure to protect yourself. Waders, throw ropes and personal flotation devices such as life jackets are all highly recommended gear to bring with you on your trip.

(Nov 19) Fishing is good for tiger and rainbow trout. According to one angler, the Uinta lakes are starting to ice over. This angler reported that every lake by the road had a thin layer of ice. Washington had about three inches of ice with some patches of open water. The ice may thicken this weekend because of the cold weather in the forecast. Be aware, however, that fishing on this thin ice is very dangerous. We have received reports of anglers falling through the ice this week.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 19) The lake was stocked with several thousand rainbow and tiger trout this summer. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners in deeper water to catch them.











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