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Revised 08-09-18


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Bear River

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

(Aug 9) Recreation traffic is heavy, but fishing has been good. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, perch, 18-inch rainbows and walleye. For trout, try trolling at 1.8-2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Try using Rapala X-Rap CountDown crankbaits, Rapala BX Swimmer crankbaits, Mack's Lures Smile Blades, or Mack's Lures Wedding Rings. For perch, try fishing from the north shore in about 25 to 30 feet of water. Use a neon colored 1/31 jighead or tungsten jighead with 1/2 inch of a nightcrawler about six to 12 inches off the bottom. For smallmouth, try using a curly tail grub, Gary Yamamoto Senko, and Lost Creek Trick Stick in whacky style rig, and Berkley Gulp! Minnow or Rat-L-Trap crankbait.

(Jul 27) Recreation traffic has been heavy, and fishing has slowed down. Anglers have been catching smallmouth, black crappie, and 16- to 18-inch rainbows. For those fishing from shore, try fishing just north of the island, near the Wallsburg Group area, or adjacent to the northwest corner of the dam. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn PowerBait Natural Scent Trout Bait or nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow with about 18 to 24 inches of leader off the bottom. For those trolling, try at 1.8-2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Try using neon colored wedding rings, Luhr-Jensen popgear, Luhr-Jensen Hydro Vibe Extreme spinners, or Rapala X-Rap Deep crankbaits. For smallmouth bass, try using a curly tail grub, Gary Yamamoto Senko, and Lost Creek Trick Stick in whacky style rig, and Berkley Gulp! Minnow, Rat-L-Trap crankbait, or Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper lure.

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Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

No recent reports.

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Jordan River

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass

No recent reports.

Lake Powell

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

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FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 28) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,603 feet Water temperatures: 80–86°F

The very best place to fish this week on Lake Powell begins at Bullfrog and gets better by traveling further north. The hot spot is Good Hope Bay with the target being boiling stripers.

Shad schools that were hiding in the backs of the canyons have now moved out into open water hoping to avoid striper schools that were feeding ferociously on shad hiding in the canyons. That escape tactic did not work very well since shad swim in large schools that are easy for stripers to locate and then attack. This does work well for anglers who can see the large splashes created when 2- to 3-pound stripers drive shad to the surface and/or against the shoreline and feed for long periods of time. It is now possible to see ‘boiling fish’ that stay on the surface for an hour or more. If you can get close enough to cast a lure into the boiling melee you will catch lots of stripers with a few bass mixed in as well. It is wise to take binoculars with you to quicken the search for boiling fish.

There have been a few boils reported near Halls Marina in the mornings or evenings. Boils can pop up anywhere over the length of the lake. It is likely to see boils in the San Juan, Escalante, and main channel from Rainbow Bridge to Bullfrog. There have been only a few boils seen from Rainbow Bridge to the dam due to a lack of shad schools in open water in the southern lake. Stripers have been very efficient in slurping up most of the larval shad produced in the southern lake this spring. There is some hope for boils occurring in the south later this year as some shad schools are hiding effectively in shallow, murky, warm water in the backs of some canyons.

Larger adult stripers are not able to stay near the surface in 80-degree water (warm temperature intolerance) so they are holding at 30-50 feet looking for food. They are finding crayfish on the bottom at 20-30 feet in the backs of canyons and on rocky shelves and drop-offs. These stripers can be caught trolling to find schools and then casting to catch more fish. Spoons or bait works well once a school is located holding on the bottom. From Wahweap to Padre Bay there are many campsites, houseboats, and wake boats in the backs of canyons where adult stripers are found. You’ll have more success if you go fishing from Last Chance uplake where there’s less summer boat traffic.

Smallmouth bass provide the best fishing from Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge. Best success is achieved by getting on the water at first light and casting surface lures toward the shoreline where bottom depth is 10-25 feet. Look for rocky points, islands, and deep coves along the shoreline where bass like to congregate. Bass feed aggressively as the sky starts to lighten but then action declines as the sun comes up. Bass then move deeper and can be caught on double and single tail plastic grubs from 15-30 feet.

On our last sampling trip in the south, we caught lots of smallmouth bass at first light on surface poppers fished with a big splash and then a pause followed by smaller splashes. When the sun came out we dropped double and single tail grubs to the bottom at 15-25 feet on rocky points jutting out from shore. We had a nice largemouth bass, a three-pound striper, and a big catfish join in with the smallmouth menagerie. We had a great full day of fishing and returned to the dock by 11 a.m.

(Jul 27) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,605 feet Water temperatures: 79–84°F

Boiling stripers are busting loose in the northern lake. Stripers search for larger shad at first light in the morning and drive them to the surface where they surround the shad school and eat as many as possible. These feeding forays can be seen for a long distance. Since striper boils last longer than slurps it is possible to see the school and quickly drive within casting range. In boils, feeding is intense so virtually any surface lure or shallow running crankbait or spoon cast into the boil will be consumed. This is the beginning of the best striper fishing of the year as stripers switch over from slurping small shad to crushing bigger shad.

Boils have been seen in Good Hope Bay along the shoreline. Stripers feed more effectively when they trap shad, not only against the surface, but also against the shoreline, which limits the escape routes for fleeing shad. Slurps were previously seen in the backs of the canyons and coves where small shad reside but now the open bays have larger shad so stripers have moved there. Small groups of stripers are in the open bays but they are either single fish on top or a resting school at depth. The single stripers can be caught occasionally but catching is more productive when a feeding school is found closer to shore.

Wind and rain can stop these boils but stripers are patient and will start feeding on the surface again as soon as the water calms and shad become visible once more. Stripers go deep while waiting for shad. If a school is seen on the graph stripers can be caught on spoons deployed directly under the boat.

In the rest of the lake there are still more slurps than boils. These slurps are starting to get a bit ‘jumpy’ as a few larger shad are swimming with the newly hatched shad. Larger shad swim faster and cause chasing stripers to speed up and hit the surface in the process. Over the length of the lake it is wise to keep an eye out for any surface disturbance. If it is big and bold it is worth it to stop and fish. If the disturbance is small and quick then it may be better to wait until a bigger more aggressive striper group is found.

Smallmouth bass fishing is steady along the rocky shorelines and over newly visible rock islands that are appearing as the lake level declines. It has been a really good year for catching larger (two-pound plus) bass on a variety of plastic baits fished along the bottom. Still the best technique is to use topwater baits in the early morning hours along the rocky shoreline and on rocky points sticking out into the main lake.

Largemouth bass can be found in coves with lots of aquatic weed growth. The most common weed is Spiny Niada. Look for coves where the bottom is covered with green plants from the surface to 10 feet deep sometimes covering more than an acre of lake bottom. Largemouth bass love weedy cover. Unfortunately it is difficult to work a lure in the weed zone. The good news is that largemouth will come up to hit a loud surface lure like a Whopper Plopper with early morning or late evening being the best time to fish.

(Jul 19) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,606 feet Water temperatures: 79–84°F

Lake Powell’s water level is declining at the rate of about a foot per week. That will slow down slightly in September or level out if the monsoon season provides more inflow to counter that being released. This decline will bring the lake level back down to near the five-year average of 3590-3600 feet (MSL). That means the Castle Rock Cut will remain open for those boaters launching at the south end of the lake and running upstream. We certainly hope that the winter of 2018 will provide more moisture to the parched southwestern area of the US and allow the lake to remain in this comfort zone.

Fishing continues to be good for smallmouth bass across the lake. The hot spot this past week was the San Juan Arm. Bass there average one to two pounds, but they are super aggressive. If you’re looking for a great family fishing trip, the San Juan is a good choice.

Over the length of the lake, smallmouth bass fishing is consistent and the best lures are green (crayfish colored) plastic grubs. A wide variety of lures, baits and techniques work well, with time of day being as important as which lures are used. Make sure to get out early and stay out late for the best bass fishing results. While jigging along the 12- to 25-foot bottom for bass, a few walleye, largemouth bass and catfish will join in the fun. Topwater action at first light in the morning is still the best bass fishing technique.

Striped bass are boiling in the northern lake from The Horn (just upstream from Good Hope Bay) to Trachyte and White Canyon. Boils happen there because the shad crop is larger in size and numbers. It’s a long run to launch at Halls or Bullfrog and run to Trachyte but the fishing results are quite productive. Boils are performed by a wide range of small to adult size stripers. Adult stripers are only able to stay up in warm surface water for short period of time. They feed quickly on two-inch shad and then dive down to deep water to cool off before hitting the surface again. This behavior makes stripers vulnerable to topwater lures when fish are boiling. When they are resting, deep trolling with down riggers work well, along with spoons when the striper school is seen on the graph.

From the Horn downstream, stripers are still slurping on the surface because they target the small shad that were recently spawned and have not found a good hiding place. Shad that were spawned last month have to find murky-colored water to be able to hide and survive the constant onslaught of juvenile striper predation. These slurps are seen virtually every day in most canyons. A school of stripers finds a shad pod, comes to the surface for 15 seconds and then goes back down. Anglers awaiting the slurpers see the school and rush to get in range to cast. The hard part is trying to predict where the school will resurface for the next 15-second burst. If the boat is in casting range when the school pops back up, a good cast, beyond the school, will likely catch a fish as the lure is retrieved through the surfacing school. If they come up out of range, then the boat has to be repositioned again to hopefully be in range when the school resurfaces. It’s a real cat-and-mouse game with the fish winning most of the time. The visual portion of seeing a lot of fish and catching a few makes for an exciting day.

Regulations

Provo River

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

(Aug 9) There has been a lot of recreation pressure, especially in the afternoons so fishing has been best early morning and late evening. Watch for pale morning dun mayflies and midge hatches. Try using sow bugs, PMD split-cased nymphs, San Juan worms, streamers or wooly buggers.

(Jul 27) Lower: There has been a lot of recreation pressure, especially in the afternoons so fishing has been best early morning and late evening. Watch for mayfly nymph, caddis larvae, and pale morning dun hatches. Try using sow bugs, cased-caddis nymphs, split-cased PMDs, pearl caddis, zebra midges and streamers.

Middle: The flows are great for this time of year, and there are plenty of hatches happening. Watch for mayfly nymph, caddis larvae, pale morning dun and green drake hatches. Nymphing appears to be the most productive. Try using sow bugs, cased-caddis nymphs, caddis larvae and pupae, PMD nymphs and emergers and streamers.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 27) Anglers have been very successful catching rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. Try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for the walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. Biologists are also asking anglers to voluntarily release crappie to help establish the population.

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Utah Lake

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 9) Anglers are catching 25-inch (and larger) channel catfish, white bass, carp and crappie. For catfish, fishing at night has been the most productive and try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp, nightcrawlers, white bass cut bait, or Catfish Charlie Blood Dip Bait.

(Jul 27) Anglers are catching 25-inch (and larger) catfish. Try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp soaked in chicken blood, nightcrawlers, PowerBait Catfish Bait Chunks, or Catfish Charlie Blood Dip Bait.

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Willard Bay

Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Jul 27) We received a variety of angler reports on Willard Bay over the past two weeks for slow, fair or good fishing depending on the species. Wiper fishing is slow to fair. Fishing for catfish is good, with several anglers reporting catching decent-sized catfish or a large number of catfish. One angler caught a large number of catfish in about 15 feet of water early in the morning. Another angler fished the reservoir after dark and had good success catching wipers and catfish. He caught some catfish that were nearly six pounds.

One angler observed a boil outside of the South Marina on July 23 in the evening. They ended up catching a few wipers during the boil, but they were only 10 to 13 inches in length. Another angler reported good fishing in the inlet around 7:30 p.m. on July 24. This angler caught three small bluegill, one seven-inch bluegill, one seven-inch bullhead catfish and four 15- to 20-inch channel catfish. This angler was using worms the entire time and reported receiving a huge number of bites.

Mosquitoes can get very thick this time of year. One angler reported that they were especially thick after 9:00 p.m.

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Yuba Reservoir

Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 9) Water levels are critically low, and the Oasis boat ramp is the only ramp that remains open. Fishing has been slow for sportfish, but anglers are catching five-pound plus carp. For carp, try using bread, chicken liver, nightcrawlers or shrimp soaked in chicken blood.

(Jul 27) Fishing has been slow for sportfish, but anglers are catching five-pound plus carp. For carp, try using bread, chicken liver, nightcrawlers, or shrimp soaked in chicken blood.

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