Utah Walleye Fishing Reports
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Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Cutthroat Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Yellow Perch
No recent reports.
Deer Creek Reservoir
Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch
(Mar 17) Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch rainbow and 18- to 20-inch brown trout. Anglers are having success trolling at 1.4–2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 15 to 30 feet of water. Try using Luhr Jensen or Rainbow Plastics popgear, D & H Custom Lures U.V. Stripes or U.V. Minnows, chartreuse sparkle or pink silver tiger Mack's Lures Pro Series wedding rings, or blazing puple/pink UV Luhr Jensen Kwikfish Rattles. Tip the lure with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot and scent with Pro-Cure Rainbow Trout Super Gel or Smelly Jelly Rainbow Sticky Liquid. For those that are fishing from shore, try using rainbow PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait or a 1/16-ounce jighead with a two-inch smelt or black shad PowerBait Power Minnow.
(Mar 1) There is about 1/2-inch of ice on the north end of the reservoir, and open water elsewhere. Anglers have been catching rainbow and brown trout trolling at 1.8- to 2.1-mph with a lure suspended in 12 to 20 feet of water. Try using pink or silver D & H Custom Lures spoon, flo fire orange Mack's Super Series wedding ring, or Lakeshore Tackle pink crop duster squid behind a Lakeshore Tackle Moon Jelly six-inch Flasher. Tip with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot and scent with Pro-Cure Trout and Kokanee Magic Super Gel. For those fishing from shore, try using a nightcrawler suspended one or two feet off the bottom or a Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinner tipped with a mealworm.
(Feb 16) There is no ice on the reservoir. Anglers are catching 15- to 17-inch rainbows, 16- to 18-inch browns, 14- to 16-inch walleyes and a few five-pound rainbows. Shore anglers have had success catching browns near the south side of dam fishing one to two feet off the bottom using nightcrawlers. Boat anglers have had success trolling anywhere from 1.8-2.1 mph with the lure suspended in 12 to 30 feet of water, and using a pink squid behind a pink galaxy D & H Custom Lures dodger, pink D & H Custom Lures Three Eyed Minnow, chartreuse Mack's Wedding Ring, or D & H Custom Lures Moon Jelly Minnow.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye
(Feb 22) The ice is currently unsafe.
Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass
No recent reports.
Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
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FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Mar 17) Lake elevation: 3,614.63 feet
Water temperatures: 50-55°F
Warming is slowly happening, but there is a long way to go. Today the early morning water temperature finally registered at 50 F. Temperatures have consistently been below 50 for first two weeks of March. However, on warm, calm March afternoons, water temperature may rise to 55 degrees in isolated spots which can quickly be erased with the slightest light breeze. The end result is that warm water fish are still hunkered down waiting for the 60-70 degree water they crave.
Fishing is slow in cold water, but still worth it. The bass tournament held at Bullfrog over the weekend is a good example. Bass fishing was slow but after many casts and covering much shoreline the end results were terrific. Bass anglers really like to catch big largemouth bass and they did. The winning weight for the team with the heaviest 10 fish in the 2-day event was 38 pounds (3.8 pounds average per fish). Individually, largemouth bass weighing 4, 5 and 6 pounds were caught. Bass anglers pounded the shoreline and found bass on the main outside points more often than in the very backs of the coves. Colored water was better than clear water. Best baits were Yamamoto Senkos and single and double tail plastic baits fished slowly along the bottom and near brushy cover.
Stripers are acting a bit confused with warming water as well. Schools have been in deep water resting on the bottom in 60 to 100 feet most of the winter. These deep fish were catchable on spoons but recently the schools have moved to new, unknown locations. Some stripers have recently been found in 15-40 feet in the backs of canyons with significant water color. Shallow stripers can be caught sporadically while trolling and casting lures that dive from 7-20 feet. My best lure is the LC Pointer XD 78 in chartreuse shad color that dives 10-12 feet. Others have been successful with Norman deep divers (20 feet) in chartreuse color. Like bass anglers, striper chasers have to cover a lot of water to catch a few fish.
While trolling we have seen many striper groups (not schools) normally resting on the breaking edge where depth quickly drops from 15 to 30 or 40 feet. We caught stripers most consistently after retracing our trolling route back to where the first fish was caught. The next fish often hit right where the first fish was caught near a ledge, boulder or depth change. Trolling in the back of the canyon in a circular pattern was better than trolling in a straight line in open water. We stopped on many striper groups and dropped spoons which were ignored.
The message here is to try many different options at the beginning of the day. Eliminate those techniques that are not working and concentrate on those that catch stripers. We graph, troll, cast and spoon in each spot trying to find the best technique for the day and then concentrate on the one that works. It is best to have different 3 rods rigged with spoons, plastic grubs and crankbaits so the terminal tackle does not have to be retied at each new cove or bay. There are many striper schools that have not been located so they may be found somewhere between the deep water where they spent the winter and the backs of canyon where more shad can be found. Please report new striper information and I will continue to report the results of my fishing events. As of now, no reports have been received about stripers being caught on bait in the main channel. All reported striper activity is in the backs of canyons in colored water. That may change but for now look for stripers in the canyons. The best news is that the vast majority of stripers are fat and healthy. Those fish normally stay in the canyons while thin fish head for the channel. Fat healthy fish are harder to find and catch but are a great prize when found.
Some walleye have begun to spawn now with slight warming but the main spawning event is still to come. Expect walleye to be caught in larger numbers beginning in April. That catch will peak in May.
Largemouth bass are catchable with consistent effort on main canyon points. Smallmouth bass are still mostly dormant with a short flurry of activity on a warm afternoon when water temperature exceeds 57 degrees. Catfish and bluegill are waiting for warmer water before joining in on the fun.
(Mar 8) Lake elevation: 3,615 feet
Water temperatures: 47–52°F
Welcome back to the weekly fish reports from Lake Powell. 2017 was a banner year with high water levels that covered shoreline vegetation and provided extensive habitat for both predators and prey fish. Young fish survived in big numbers and these fat healthy fish will awake and become active as soon as Lake Powell water temperature rises above the 54–57°F range. The warm water fish in Lake Powell really like water warmer than the 47–50°F water they are now enduring. Here is what is happening with fish in the cold conditions.
Walleye begin spawning in March, which actually makes them harder to catch because they focus on spawning instead of eating. After the spawn is over in April, walleye start to feed regularly and often.
Striped bass have been resting on the bottom in deep water. As the water warms, they will get more active and pursue shad wherever they can find them from the 100 foot depths to the shallow shoreline. Expect lots more movement by stripers with warming water in March.
Largemouth bass get very active in March with the first hint of warming water (53°F). Their cousins — smallmouth bass — don't really get active until the water temperature exceeds 57. They will not have to wait long for that comfort zone.
Catfish, bluegill and crappie wait until April before starting their spring feeding ritual.
As this report is written, the weather forecast shows a quick warming period coming this weekend. That means most fish will respond to warming weather in a certain fashion. Clear blue water is beautiful, but it does not retain the warmth of the sun as well as colored water. The first positive fish response will be in the backs of canyons where water is cloudy or murky. Just watch the water color while heading to the back of the canyon. Do not start fishing until the clear water gives way to murky and visibility decreases to less than 5 feet. If you can see the bottom at 20 to 25 feet, you are in the wrong spot.
Striped bass have been the most active fish over the winter and that will continue through March. Travel to the back of any major canyon. When you see the water color change, start graphing the bottom at 100 feet or less looking for 2 or 3 fish traces. This winter, most of the fish graphed in deep water have been stripers. Quickly drop spoons as close as possible to the fish traces. Jig the spoons up to about 18 inches and then let them fall back to the bottom to imitate shad and entice stripers. You may get lucky and catch fish on the first drop. If not, try the second best technique: trolling.
After stripers stop resting on the bottom, they head to the back of the canyon looking for food. You can see them on the graph as individuals or small groups of 5 to 10 fish. Note the depth, then deploy trolling lures that run close to the holding depth. Most flat line trolling lures are only effective down to 25 feet. If the fish traces are deeper, then downriggers are a better option. If the fish traces are shallower than 20 feet, then casting to the shoreline may be better than trolling.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass reside in brush or rocky structure. A good plan is to target stripers in the cool March morning and then switch to bass as water temperature rises two degrees or more. Rising water temperature triggers bass activity. If water temperature is 52 at dawn and then rises to 54, bass respond. If morning water temperature is 57 and then rises to 60, bass behave in a similar fashion. Warming is the trigger.
Look for bass by checking water temperature. Sometimes similar coves on one side of the lake may be 2 or 3 degrees cooler than similar coves on the other side. Target the warmer coves. A large sandstone boulder facing the morning sun might warm the water near the rock and attract bass into the cove.
This report purposely covers general patterns, rather than specific locations. We have found during the winter that a good trip to one canyon is followed by mediocre fishing on the return trip. Time of day has been important, but success randomly swings between morning and afternoon. Now that the temperature is warming, fishing results will become more predictable and dependable. The first hour of daylight is another trigger, but warming is the better indicator in March. Afternoon and evening fishing is best.
I predict that bait fishing for stripers along the main channel walls (Dam, Buoy 3, Moki Wall, etc.) will not be as successful as in most years. The physical condition of striped bass is exceptional now due to the strong shad crop produced in 2017. Fat healthy stripers tend to stay in the backs of canyons rather than moving to the main channel walls looking for forage. You may try fishing bait in an old hotspot, but if it does not produce then move to the back of a nearby canyon and try trolling, spooning or casting for a better result.
When your trip is completed please share your fishing experience with us. That way we can give each other anglers hints on fishing at this huge lake. If you share your results, it helps the next person to fish in your spot. Then when you return in a month or two, you can have the same advantage by reading a fishing report about where and what you should try.
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
(Mar 17) Fishing is best at mid-day. Blue-winged olive hatches are becoming increasingly regular, and you should see some buffalo midge hatches too. You can use nymphing patters similar to what is being use on the Middle Provo River. Try using sow bugs, caddis nymphs, blue-winged olive emergers, and midge larvae and pupae. Make sure you have a variety of different sizes on hand.
(Mar 1) Lower: Water flows are lower than usual for this time of year. Fishing is slow compared to the Middle Provo River. Because of the recent cold weather, midge hatches will be more sporadic. Try using midges, sow bugs, pheasant tails and variety of midge larvae and pupae. Smaller sizes are the most effective.
Middle: Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch brown trout. There are few, if any, blue winged olive or caddis hatches happening because of the recent cold weather. Midge hatches, though, will continue to happen. The best fishing is at mid-day. Anglers report good fishing using sow bugs, magic midges, zebra midges and hares ear nymphs. You will likely find more fish in deeper pools, so focus on these areas.
(Feb 16) Flows are lower than usual for this time of year. The Lower Provo River is fishing similar to the Middle Provo River, but midge hatches are more sporadic. Try using midge larvae and pupae, sow bugs, and BWOs. Smaller sizes are the most effective (sizes 18-22) at this time.
Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
No recent reports.
Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Mar 17) Anglers have been catching white bass and an occasional channel catfish. For white bass, try using chartreuse or white curly tail grubs tipped with a small piece of cut bait and retrieve at a medium speed.
(Mar 1) Use caution: the lake is frozen in some locations, but the ice thickness is unknown. Try using VMC Moon Eye jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or a chartreuse curly tail grub.
(Feb 16) The lake is open water. Anglers are catching white bass, but the runs appear to be very sporadic. Try using neon-colored jigheads with speckled curly tail grubs, and retrieve at a medium speed.
Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch
(Mar 17) Two groups of anglers report that the fishing at Willard Bay is still slow this week. They were seeing a lot of fish, but none were willing to bite.
(Feb 22) Fishing is still slow at Willard this week, just as it has been for the past several weeks.
Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Mar 17) There is no ice. For northern pike, focus on weed lines and try using Booyah Pikee spinnerbaits or jerkbaits.
(Mar 1) There is no ice. For northern pike, focus on weed lines and try using Booyah Pikee spinnerbaits or jerkbaits.
(Feb 16) There is no ice on the reservoir. For northern pike focus on weed lines and try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, minnow imitating lures, or spinnerbaits.