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Revised 07-20-17


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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.

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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.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have found success using Powerbait or a Jake's Spin-a-Lure during the morning hours. Regulations at the reservoir are the general statewide regulations.

(Jun 30) The rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have been successful with PowerBait and Jake's lures. Bowfishing for carp in the northwest shallows of the lake has produced some very large fish.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Jul 14) Fish are very active throughout the day. Try using a gold or silver Jake's Spin-a-Lure, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Tiger muskie are a fun fish to target at the reservoir in the summer.

(Jun 30) Fish are active throughout the day, so try using a Jake's lure in gold or silver. You may also try using traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results. Tiger muskies are a fun fish to target in the summer. Please let us know what you catch!

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Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jul 14) Wipers are super active, and anglers are catching them on Rapala lures in the evenings. For tiger musky, brown trout and rainbow trout, try jigs or Rapalas. During surveys this week, biologists found good-sized tiger musky. They said the fish were very active.

(Jun 30) Wipers are active and biting on Rapalas in the evening. Anglers may try using jigs or Rapalas to target the tiger muskie, brown and rainbow trout.

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Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

No recent reports.

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Deer Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Jul 14) Anglers have been catching rainbows, bass and walleye. For bass, try using craw orange swirl Lost Creek 3-inch Craws, Strike King KVD jerkbaits, Rippin' Lips spinnerbaits or Yo-Zuri 3DB poppers. As bass move into deeper water, try using the dropshot method. You can use most plastics with the dropshot method. Just remember to vary the distance between the lure and dropshot, depending on where the fish are suspended. Popular rigs include whacky, nose or Texas rigs. Recommended hooks for dropshotting include Gamakatsu Offset Shank Worm EWGs or Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gaps, and recommended weights include Bullet Weights Tungsten weights, Bullet Weights Drop Shot Finesse Drop weights or Souders Brass and Glass weights. For trout, try using silver popgear or chartreuse or pink Mack's Lure Wedding Rings. Trolling for rainbows has been great along the northwest shoreline and near the island. Shore anglers have reported success fishing for rainbows using traditional methods, but also while jigging curly tail grubs and tube jigs tipped with a worm.

(Jun 29) Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows and smallmouth bass. They're also catching 18- to 20-inch walleye. If you're targeting smallmouth bass, try using a variety of techniques. When fishing plastics try using 4-inch green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto Senkos, green pumpkin, Dry Creek 3.5-inch Skirt Chasers or chartreuse shad Berkley Gulp! minnows. When fishing crankbaits and jerkbaits, try using a Lucky Craft Ghost Minnow Pointer 65SP, Yo-Zuri 3DB Vibes or a Storm Wiggle Wart. Remember when fishing crankbaits or jerkbaits, you want to fish them with a fast retrieve to illicit a fast attack you should also try to cover more territory. When fishing top water baits try using Strike King KVD spinnerbaits, BOOYAH Buzz buzzbaits and Whopper Plopper Larry Dahlberg Signature Series poppers, and fish these baits using a popping, walking or splashing technique. When fishing swimbaits try using green pumpkin Lost Creek 3.5-inch LC Swimmers or 4-inch Keitech Easy Shiners, and fish these baits using a popping, ripping, splashing or steady retrieval technique.

(Jun 22) Anglers have been catching decent-sized rainbows and smallmouth bass. For rainbows, try fishing in about 10 to 15 feet feet of water and use Garlic Rainbow PowerBait or a nightcrawler. For smallmouth bass, try using Rapala DT 410, Bomber 6A or Yellow Perch Rapala Rippin' Rap.

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East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Jul 14) Fishing has been good for wipers, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. One angler reported catching all three species in a very short period of time.

(Jun 30) The water is approximately 65 degrees and flowing over the spillway. One angler reported good fishing for smallmouth bass by using a small jig and plastic in the trees and brush. Those fishing for smallmouth near the rocks on the west side reported no luck this week. Try casting about parallel to shore and reeling back from there. Other anglers reported a good catch for rainbow trout as well.

(Jun 22) The water temperature was in the high 50s last weekend and the reservoir has been filling rapidly. Though some anglers report a slower catch, especially those fishing from shore, others are pulling in many rainbow trout. Try trolling near the shoreline using Rapalas. If you can only fish from shore, try floating garlic PowerBait 3-4 feet off the bottom.

Echo Reservoir

Bass, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 14) The smallmouth bass bite is still going strong. One angler reports catching plenty of small bass with a worm. Another angler caught similarly small bass from shore using worms, crankbaits and spinners all of which were effective. Anglers are catching few large fish.

(Jul 6) Anglers have recently caught large numbers of smallmouth bass in the reservoir.

(Jun 30) Anglers are still catching a lot of smallmouth bass at Echo.

(Jun 22) The reservoir is full and water is flowing through the spillway. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling at low speeds with pop gear and a worm. Trout caught were about 15-16 inches long.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Trout fishing is fair to good, but has slowed as the weather gets warmer. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught with curly-tail grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

(Jun 22) Trout fishing has been fair to good, but it's been slowing down as the weather gets warmer. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught with curly-tail grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 14) Fishing has been slow to fair at Farmington Pond. Try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening.

(Jun 30) Fishing is slow at Farmington, and the pond has not been stocked recently. For a greater chance of success, check the stocking reports and fish shortly after the reservoir is stocked.

(Jun 22) Farmington Pond was stocked on Monday, May 15. Anglers report slow to fair fishing at the community ponds this week. For greater success, watch the stocking reports and fish within a few days after a pond has been stocked.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Brown Trout, Burbot, Channel Catfish, Crayfish, Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Kokanee Salmon: fair to good fishing. The reservoir has risen eight feet this spring. The water temperature has climbed to 70F, and kokanee have started moving down in the water column, seeking deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is the most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week were 30 to 65 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.6 - 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to put your lure where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Fishing with pink and orange mini squid, with a silver dodger scented with garlic, has worked great. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) have been working best. Smaller kokanee are abundant this year. To increase the chance you catch a larger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip your lures with Gulp maggots, meal worms or corn.

Rainbow Trout: fair fishing. Cutthroat trout may also be caught incidentally. Now that the water temperature is high, fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. The trout are occupying deeper, cooler water, so adjust accordingly. If fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 20-30 feet deep along the shoreline. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and then slowly retrieve it, using occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, there are likely more nearby. Pinch down the barbs on your hooks so you can release fish faster.

Lake trout: fair to good fishing. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50-80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Using a fish finder, you might be able to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Smallmouth bass: good fishing. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. Try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), the smallmouth's primary forage, are the best option. For bigger fish, trying fishing 20 feet deep or deeper.

Burbot: slow fishing. Few reports. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines, in 30-40 feet of water. The best fishing will be found at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge its glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches off the bottom.

(Jun 30) The water level is at 6,031 feet and increasing. The water temperature is about 70 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. The reservoir has risen seven feet this spring and water temperatures have climbed to 70 degrees F. Kokanee have started moving down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 30 to 60 feet and 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) are working best. Tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. Fishing is good in the canyon along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 10 to 20 feet deep along the shoreline. Cicada patterns are also working well, especially in Hideout Bay. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be found suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and Needlefish or crankbaits like Rapalas to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is great. Smallmouth bass are active in the shallows and top water fishing is very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. Try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are always a great option too. Rooster tails along the rocky drop offs have also been a big hit the last week or so.

Burbot: Fishing is slow and we haven't received many reports. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30 to 40 feet of water. The best activity happens at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Glassman's Pond

Bluegill, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Gunlock Reservoir

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jul 7) Anglers are catching catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds. They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

(Jun 22) Anglers are catching catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend. Some of the fish weighed up to nine pounds! They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Jul 14) One angler who was fishing from shore caught a few small rainbow trout. Fishing for bluegill has been decent at this reservoir.

(Jun 30) Bass fishing at Holmes has been decent, according to one angler.

(Jun 22) Some anglers report no bites at all, while others have been very successful. One angler reports that fishing was good in the middle of the day.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 14) While trout fishing has been very slow, the state park reports that the bass bite is starting to pick up. Anglers are beginning to have more success throwing plastics.

(Jul 6) The reservoir is full and the water temperature is approximately 70 degrees. For a greater chance of success, be sure to arrive early in the day or late in the evening. From shore, worms and PowerBait are a safe bet. Trolling is a tried-and-true way to catch fish at Hyrum by boat.

(Jun 30) The reservoir is full and the water temperature is approximately 70 degrees. Trout were stocked on June 19.

(Jun 22) Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Hyrum. Most anglers who were successful fished in the early mornings or late evenings. Try slowing down your trolling speed.

Jordan River

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

No recent reports.

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Anglers have been catching rainbows, bass and perch. Anglers report success fishing for bass using a Carolina rig. Most plastics work well when using a Carolina rig, but recommended plastics include four-inch Gary Yamamoto Senkos or Lost Creek five-inch LC Trick Sticks. For perch, try using a 1/32-ounce chartreuse or pink jig tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm, or use a chartreuse Marabou jig.

(Jun 29) Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and smallmouth bass. Fishing has been great near the Provo River inlet and near the dam. If you're targeting brown trout, try using bladebaits such as Rapala Jigging Raps or Rapala Rattlin' Raps or spoons such as Buck-Shot Flutter spoons or 3/8-ounce Kastmasters. For smallmouth bass, try using craw orange swirl Lost Creek 3-inch Craws, Strike King KVD jerkbaits, Rippin' Lips spinnerbaits or Yo-Zuri 3DB poppers.

(Jun 22) Anglers have been catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows and 18- to 20-inch browns. Try fishing for rainbows on the south side of the lake, using PowerBait, spoons and spinners. For browns, try using crankbaits and minnow-imitating lures. Perch-colored Rapalas appear to be the go-to lure for browns right now.

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Kaysville Ponds

Black bullhead, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 14) Fishing has been excellent for small bluegill especially in the far south pond. One angler reports catching over a dozen small bluegill. They will go after almost any kind of bait. If you're looking for a place to take children fishing, Kaysville is a good choice this week.

(Jul 6) One angler reported pulling in a two-pound catfish using a hotdog. The bluegill were active this week as well, reportedly they were chasing after almost any kind of bait. If you are targeting these fun little fish, be sure to use a very small hook.

(Jun 30) One angler caught bass out of the ponds by simply bouncing a worm off the bottom.

(Jun 22) The bass are beginning to bite. Anglers recommend the south pond if you're looking to increase your chances of landing a bass.

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Lake Powell

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

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 8083F

Striper slurps and boils are now available lakewide. Here is a rundown on what to expect.

Northern lake. Launching access is decent at Hite. There are a couple of options for launching, including the primitive ramp and below the cement ramp. The water surface from Hite down to Good Hope is relatively clear of debris. There is some, though, so be careful. Launching at Hite makes for safer travel than coming uplake from Bullfrog, where there is more floating debris in isolated spots in the channel.

The best, most consistent striper surface activity is found from Castle Butte to Trachyte/White Canyon. Slurps start at first light and continue for most of the day and into the evening. From Hite to the Horn, there are lots of really quick slurps that come up and go down often. The best spot is between Scorup and Castle Butte. Here the slurps and boils are larger and last longer. You'll see enough that it is possible to just stay in a central location and cast lures to many different slurps. When the fish go down, continue to cast to the spot where they were last seen and you will continue to catch random fish. Surface lures and small plastic grubs on jig heads are your best options.

Bullfrog/Halls. Boils and slurps were most consistent this week near the mouth of Moki Canyon, but they were seen from Forgotten to Lake Canyon. Anglers caught stripers on top-water lures and chartreuse grubs. Those fish from the backs of canyons were thin compared to those from the main channel or at the mouths of the canyons. The stripers caught ranged from 16 to 24 inches.

Southern Lake. Boils and slurps stretched from Padre Bay to the mouth of Rock Creek. Stripers came up quickly and went down in a hurry. Usually, you had time to make a cast or two once you saw a school come up and moved your boat close to the spot. You could only catch stripers when their heads were visibly breaking water. As they started down again, they were very hard to catch. They came up three to five times in five or ten minutes and often moved hundreds of yards in the process. Placing a surface lure in front of the lead fish was the most consistent way to produce. Lures that landed in the middle or behind the slurp were ignored.

Shad in the striper stomachs were double the size (one inch) of those reported two weeks ago. As shad continue to grow, boils will get longer, stripers more aggressive and anglers will catch a lot more fish. This is the beginning of Boil Season. The most exciting fresh water fishing will continue into September this year.

Bass were occasionally found feeding with stripers on the surface. More often, largemouth bass were in the brush line near shore. You could sometimes see them blowing up on the surface and could catch them on topwater lures or a spinner bait.

Smallmouth bass are showing up more often on rock structure now that the lake has stabilized. Look for isolated rock slides or rocky islands to target smallmouth. As the lake level continues to stabilize or begins to decline, bass habitat will be more obvious. Bass have been harder to find than normal, but that will change with consistent lake levels.

Stabilized lake levels will make it easier to catch bluegill along the brushy shorelines as well.

Fishing is improving as the summer moves on.

(Jul 13) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 7985F

Lake Powell has stabilized. There is plenty of brush along the shoreline, so hopefully the lake's water level will continue to cover that brush for the rest of July before it begins to decline.

Good news! I received the first report of a boil today near Antelope Point Marina. Stripers were eating shad larger than the tiny shad found over the last month. Stripers were scattered, but willing to hit a topwater lure occasionally. It is not really time to come fish for boils, but that time is getting closer. Surface activity should pick up lakewide by the end of July and continue through the month of August and maybe longer.

We had to collect 60 stripers today to do a disease certification and confirm that Lake Powell fish are healthy and strong. If I had known the stripers were boiling near Antelope Point, I would have gone there for my fish collection. Early this morning, I only knew that bait fishing was still good along the canyon walls. We took three boats and headed for Warm Creek Wall. We chummed along the wall and began to catch fish steadily for the next three hours. The school would come up for chum and then descend to the depths. When near the surface, we caught fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. When the action died down, we dropped our baits further down to 40 to 60 feet to find the school and drag it back towards the top. Catching slowed down at 9 a.m. so we counted the fish and confirmed that we had our 60. Later at the fish cleaning station, we counted 80 stripers from the efforts of 10 anglers in three different boats. Those fishing Lake Powell for the first time were in awe of the amount of fish that you can catch on this incredible fishing lake.

Bait fishing success will continue to excel this summer as many fish remain trapped in the deeper water by warm temperatures on the surface. The younger stripers will continue to feed on the top and gain weight dramatically as the boil season progresses.

Bass fishing is now getting more predictable as the lake level has stabilized. That allows bass to find a spot they like and hold there until the lake's water level begins to go down. Smallmouth bass are often found on a slick rock walls near the flooded brush line. By next week, that preferred habitat type should become obvious and I will report it.

Walleye fishing is slowing but anglers are still catching some in the mid- to upper-lake. Now that shad are larger and more abundant, expect walleye to feed each morning and evening. They prefer to hold on a flat near a steep cliff wall, in the brushy weeds along a long sandy beach or a point that has been covered with water. Bottom bouncing, or fishing a bass grub with worm attached, is still very effective.

It is summer and still hot! Lake Powell, however, is amazing considering the amount of fish that you can catch in these challenging conditions. Go fishing early. Then enjoy boating, skiing, sightseeing or whatever peaks your interest. Then, as the sun starts to set, go out for another fishing adventure. It is definitely worth it.

(Jul 7) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

Lake Powell fish are in awe at the brushy cover along the shoreline. Virtually any place that is not a sheer cliff is now a brushy haven for all of Lake Powell's fish.

Shad are enjoying cover the most. Normally this time of year, defenseless shad are easy targets for stripers and other fish. Now shad can go hide in the brush, which is making it much tougher for predators to get an easy meal. I am happy as well, because this gives me hope that shad will grow to a larger size and in larger numbers. If they do, this will lead to big striper boils in late July and August. This will be a story for a future report. Right now, shad are happy in brushy cover and game fish are trying to figure out what is going on!

Stripers were thrilled to have slow moving tiny shad in open water where they could get an easy meal any time of the day. Now shad are able to swim and have hightailed it to the brush line. Two weeks ago, surface feeding was easy to see. It is now missing in action in the southern lake. Striper slurps continue in the northern lake, where shad numbers are higher and muddy water slowed the progression of shad movement to brush.

The warm surface water and lack of open-water shad have made bait fishing in deep water the most effective fishing technique for stripers. Adult stripers are hungry and trapped, waiting for food, at the 30 foot depth. You can find a hungry, waiting school of stripers anywhere on the lake on the main channel and main canyon walls. Chumming and bait fishing may be the best way to approach these waiting fish. Another option is to troll deep-diving lures along slick rock points and steep walls. Trolling is a good way to find a school of fish. Once you find a school, bait may work better but it really depends on which angling technique is preferred by that species.

Smallmouth bass prefer rocky structure, but are not afraid of brush. They have followed shad into the underwater jungle and you'll find them searching through the limbs and branches for a shad or sunfish. Fishing along brushy main points with small topwater lures, swim baits, D-Shad or weedless plastic baits has been very effective. Watch for shad schools to pop up in the brush line and then toss a surface lure near the shad school to target any game fish also eyeing that school.

Largemouth bass will be right there rubbing shoulders with smallmouth bass. Largemouth tend to prefer brush thickets in shallow water. They live in the same brushy area as sunfish. Bass are good neighbors most of the time, but occasionally eat one of the sunfish when the time is right. With a full stomach, largemouth return to being model citizens and continue to live in the brush pocket.

Walleye really like brush. They are an ambush feeder, so they move to a submerged tree top and wait for the right fish to swim by. Walleye are happy to eat shad, sunfish, bass or any other fish that enters their treetop target zone. One great technique for catching walleye in brushy water is to troll or cast a shad-imitating lure just over the treetops where walleye are holding. We caught a walleye on a surface lure last week in a tree top found in murky water. More commonly, a lure trolled just over the tops of a band of submerged trees is the best technique. Find trees that are at a common depth, then use a lure that runs about a foot above the brush for best results.

Catfish are really big and fun to catch this year. Sunfish are in the trees and like to eat worms on a small hook with a bobber attached.

For Lake Powell, fishing in the brush is unusual and may be challenging for those of us used to snag-free, open water. The rewards are great when you discover a new successful presentation. Lake Powell has lots of fish to catch. Sometimes trying new challenging techniques, like fishing in shallow brush, can be very rewarding.

(Jun 29) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,634 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

My weekly striper slurp evaluation trip yesterday was quite interesting. We started earlier than usual (first light) and I attributed the lack of slurpers at my first stop at the mouth of Labyrinth to timing. Maybe we were too early? Then at the east wall in Padre Bay the lack of slurpers was disconcerting because the timing was right. Next, at the most dependable location at the mouth of Last Chance, I found more disappointment but no surface schools.

The mystery was finally solved when we found slurping stripers close to the brushy shoreline between Dove Canyon and Dungeon Canyon. Here is what I think is happening in the southern lake:

The slurping stripers we caught and then examined at the fish cleaning station contained the same tiny shad that I've noted for the last month. While fishing in the brush, I saw schools of larger shad (1- to 1.5-inch) using the brush as a defense against attacking stripers and smallmouth bass. Slurping stripers are still looking for the open-water, newly hatched shad which are fewer every day. Hungry predators quickly consume baby shad, but a few grow larger by fleeing into the brush cover. Either way, they are less available to slurping stripers waiting in open water.

Slurps will continue to a lesser degree until shad grow larger and are forced to move out of the brush into open water in search of more plankton to eat. The next progression is striper boils, which have begun in mid-July over the past few years. Expect slurps to occur randomly over the next few weeks. Stripers will blow up on shad whenever they get the chance. There will be more slurps in the mid- to northern lake because more shad there have been protected by poor visibility from the muddy runoff water.

A recent report indicated that slurps are increasing in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point Marina. A new shad spawn could also lead to more slurps from Padre Bay to Rainbow Bridge. Surface fishing for stripers is just beginning and will get much better over the summer. Bait fishing for adult stripers is still steady in deeper water in the main channel and in the main canyons throughout the lake.

Smallmouth bass have gone deeper. Adult bass are now at 25 feet or deeper. Smaller bass are shallower. Rapidly rising water has displaced many bass. They are following the rising water into the brush in the backs of canyons that are now getting much longer and covering brush that has not been wet for many years. Largemouth bass are following the rising water and residing in brush thickets in three feet of water at the back of canyons and coves.

Walleye are still being caught in good numbers by anglers using bottom bouncing rigs with nightcrawlers or trolling over brushy flats with shallow-running crankbaits. Walleye really like to perch in flooded treetops while waiting for forage fish to swim by. Rattletraps are a good choice now for walleye. We caught a walleye yesterday by slowly fishing a surface lure around flooded trees. That fish now wears tag number 2901.

Summer fishing is a lot of fun. Get out early while it's still cool and fish are active. Look for surface action. Target the brushy shoreline to catch a wide variety of species. Surface lures are very effective during the calm morning and evening hours.

(Jun 22) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,631 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

Stripers are still on top. Surface feeding stripers have been reported from Wahweap Bay to Hite. The slurping schools are still feeding quickly and tend to go up and down often. My reports indicate that they stay up longer and are caught more often from Dangling Rope to the San Juan and Bullfrog Bay to Good Hope Bay. Expect to see them anywhere and anytime. Since they are commonly feeding lakewide, my goal was to find out which lures caught the most fish.

I prefer surface casting, so that I can see the fish hit the top water lure. That way, even if there is no action, I can see the fish and feel the adrenaline spike. I chose the Ima Skimmer because it performed well last week, and it repeated that performance today. It's a long thin lure that casts well.

My next rod had the Lucky Craft lipless vibrator (rattletrap type) tied on because the slurps go up and down quickly. When they are up, just reel it quickly through the splashing fish. If they go down, let the rattletrap sink until it is below the submerged school and then reel it up through the school for a quick hookup.

Stripers are feeding on very small shad, so the best lure to match the hatch is a small white fly. It takes a fly rod to cast a fly or an added weight to get the fly out there on a spinning rod. I tied a small white fly on behind a Kastmaster spoon. This setup was not the best, and I got only a few bumps without a hookup. If using flies, bring the fly rod.

The best lure of the day was a Yamamoto D Shad (white color 364) on a 5/0 Owner hook with a 3/32-ounce belly weight and a twist lock attachment. I caught the most slurping stripers with this big lure. It worked well swimming through the striper school or dropping down a bit when the school went down.

All of the lures worked, but the most important factor was casting to the right spot. These fast-moving fish feed in an erratic pattern. They start in one direction, only to change course, go down and come up in a new direction. It is critical to cast five feet or more ahead of the lead fish since the lure will fly for two to three seconds and then land near the fast moving school. If it lands in the sweet spot, where the lead fish can see it, there will be a hookup. If it lands behind the lead fish, then it is often ignored. The school often stays up for up to five minutes or more, but once the boat is in range the fish tend to go down after the lures hit the water. The first cast must be accurate to get a quick hookup.

On June 20, the striper slurps began at first light and quit by 9 a.m. We didn't wait for the noon slurps to start because it was a hot day. You'll find more slurps in the evening too.

We did try trolling with deep divers over 25-foot slick rock bottom structure and caught stripers and smallmouth bass. We talked with bait anglers fishing in the shady coves on the east wall in Last Chance and they were catching a lot of adult stripers. Striper fishing is still good, despite the heat.

I often tell anglers to fish small, isolated white rock slides in the steep walled main channel to catch smallmouth bass. We tested that theory, but found the rock slides to be quiet. If we cast to the slick rock wall on the other side of the rock slide cove, though, we caught a smallmouth bass on every cast. Smallmouth bass are still active and very catchable. It just takes a bit of experimenting to find their preferred habitat for the day.

Walleye are active early morning and evening and during the day as they hang out under muddy water, floating on the surface caused by wind or wake action. Catfish, bluegill and green sunfish are active now as well, but the rising water has not allowed them to find their summer home. That will happen when the lake stabilizes in July.

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LaSal Mountains

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

No recent reports.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 14) Please be warned that the reservoir will be closed on Saturday, July 15. One group of young anglers easily caught green sunfish and small perch from shore using an inexpensive and simple spinning rod setup. These tiny fish were hitting worms and rainbow PowerBait. If you're looking for a more substantial catch, the largemouth bass bite has been fair. One angler caught a big bass using a buzzbait. One group of anglers fishing by boat reported catching a large rainbow trout. The bluegill, however, bite has been poor.

(Jun 30) Anglers are successfully targeting rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass and perch.

(Jun 22) Anglers report fair to good fishing. As of last weekend, the water temperature was in the low 60s and water visibility was only a couple feet deep. One angler reports finding success fishing for trout from the dike using a black woolly bugger. Another angler caught several largemouth bass from the tree-lined area on the south shore.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 7) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day and can be caught while trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the morning and evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can catch them while trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers that weighed up to eight pounds.

(Jun 22) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day and can be caught while trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the morning and evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can catch them while trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers that weighed up to eight pounds.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Anglers are catching wipers on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

(Jun 22) Anglers are catching wipers on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

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Newton Reservoir

Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Jul 14) Anglers are doing well catching bluegill on their spawning beds. To locate the bluegill, look for clear water and weed beds or structure in deeper parts of the lake. Those fishing for bass have done well lately using buzz baits and Senkos. The water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Limits have been liberalized: you can keep 12 largemouth bass, and there's no limit on bluegill.

(Jun 30) Anglers are doing well catching bluegill on spawning beds. To locate bluegill, look for clear water and weed beds/structure in deeper parts or the lake. Water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Anglers are catching bass on buzzbaits for topwater and on senkos. Due to spring runoff and warmer water temperatures, bowfishing for carp in shallows is excellent this time of year. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill.

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Pineview Reservoir

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Trout, Yellow Perch

(Jul 14) Anglers are still reporting catching tiger muskies at the reservoir even when fishing from shore.

(Jul 6) The tiger muskie bite is still on, and one angler reported catching a decent-sized one. Another group of anglers reported catching large numbers of crappie from the shore using a worm under a bobber.

(Jun 30) Anglers are catching tiger muskies on many types of lures. Try a lure that has bright, flashy colors. Anglers report that fishing for crappie has been fairly slow this week. Try fishing in flooded brush throughout the lake.

(Jun 22) This is a good time to fish for a variety of species, particularly crappie and smallmouth bass. As of last weekend, the water temperature was about 60 degrees. Anglers report catching tiger muskie, smallmouth bass, crappie and perch. The reservoir's water level is rising and is nearly full. At about 3-4 feet of visibility, the water clarity has improved.

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Pioneer Park Pond

Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Piute Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jul 7) A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite near draining last year. Trout numbers are very low right now, and it appears that the reservoir may get pretty low again this year.

(Jun 22) A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite near draining last year. Trout numbers are very low right now, and it appears that the reservoir may get pretty low again this year.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for techniques and tackle. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

(Jun 22) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for techniques and tackle.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Yellow perch and 8-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline during mid day using rooster tails and Jake's Spin-a-Lures tipped with bait.

(Jun 30) The yellow perch and 8-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning and late evening with standard PowerBait, nightcrawlers and maybe a Rapala jig.

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Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Rockport Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 14) Fishing for smallmouths has been quite good. Anglers recommend the southwest side of the reservoir for targeting smallmouth bass.

(Jul 6) According to reporting anglers, fishing at Rockport was fair to good. A couple groups of anglers caught some nice-sized rainbow trout. Another angler reported catching smallmouth bass.

(Jun 30) One angler reports decent fishing for smallmouth bass by suspending plastics about four feet below a bobber on a slow retrieve that runs parallel to shore. Another group of anglers caught several brown trout, then started catching bass around mid-morning.

(Jun 22) Anglers report slow to fair fishing this week. Try slowing down your trolling speed. Anglers who were successful reported fishing on the west side of the reservoir. Anglers recommend green-colored bait or lures, gold Flatfish, worms, Jake's lures, or pop gear.

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Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been effective. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

(Jun 22) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been effective. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Kokanee fishing was excellent this past week! For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver/iridescent dodger. Fly anglers were also finding success using size 6-8 bead head leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. The water temperature was 65 degrees, and visibility was about 6 to seven feet. Anglers say the water level at the reservoir is about two feet below full, and that it's dropping. DWR biologists stocked more than 250 crappie from Pineview Reservoir into the reservoir, to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch a crappie, please release it so the fish can help establish the new population.

(Jun 30) Shore anglers report good fishing for most species. Kokanee fishing picked up throughout the week. Try using a pink or an orange dodger with a squid spinner. Fishing has been best in the early morning until about mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Warmer water temperatures have improved the smallmouth bass fishing, especially along the rocky shorelines near the bridge. Biologists moved more than 250 crappie from Pineview to Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, we're asking that you voluntarily release them so they can establish this population.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) Bluegill fishing is super fast for those fishing from boats. For decent-sized bluegill, try fishing along the northern shoreline. For largemouth bass, try along the rocky shore on the reservoir's east side. Try using small tube jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8-15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you may use a bubble or bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Note: The DWR has issued an emergency change that removes fish limits at Steinaker. You're welcome to keep all of the fish you catch. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 and will likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing Steinaker down this year and in 2018 to prepare for dam repair work. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins.

(Jun 30) Boat anglers report hot bluegill fishing. Try fishing along the northern shoreline for decent-sized bluegill, and along the eastern rocky shore for largemouth bass. Use small jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in 8 to 15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you may use a bubble or bobber to suspend your line off of the bottom. As of April 22, the Division has issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, though this will most likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this year and next year in preparation for dam repair work. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout upon refilling, and largemouth bass the year after refilling begins.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Jul 14) Anglers are catching rainbows, cutthroats and kokanee salmon. For cutthroat, try using popgear; chartreuse, orange or pink Mack's Lure Wedding Rings; white or glow tube jigs; or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. For kokanee, stick with pink, chartreuse, white, or glow squids with white, pink or chartreuse dodgers. You can tip the squid with Berkley Gulp! maggots and scent with Pro Cure Trout and Kokanee Super Gel. Anglers are having luck fishing for kokanee in about 3842 feet of water and trolling at about 1.31.6 mph.

(Jun 29) Anglers are catching rainbows, cutthroats and kokanee. Kokanee fishing is hot right now. For kokanee try using Mack's Lure Cha Cha Kokanee, 1- to 1.5-inch light pink Radical Glow tube jigs, Shasta Tackle Pee Wee Wiggle Hoochies, Rocky Mountain Plankton or UV pink Rocky Mountain Tackle Super Squids. Popular dodgers for kokanee include Rocky Mountain Tackle UV dodger, Shasta Sling Blade Shatter eye dodger, Mack's Sling Blade dodger and Rocky Mountain Tackle Signature Dodger. Kokanee are still fairly shallow right now, so if you are fishing for kokanee for the first time use size 7 Berkley McMahon Swivels to attach a 1-2 ounce banana sinker to the line followed with 3 to five feet of leader to the dodger with 7 to 20 inches of leader to the lure. Use fluorocarbon 12 pound test and let out 50-200 feet of line depending on the depth you are fishing.

(Jun 22) Shore fishing is fair, but anglers report great success fishing from boats. Anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows, 18- to 20-inch cutthroats and kokanee salmon. Kokanee fishing has been great. For kokanee, try using Mack's Lure Cha Cha Kokanee, 1- to 1.5-inch light pink Radical Glow tube jigs, Shasta Tackle Pee Wee Wiggle Hoochies, Yakima Flash Glo Squid Spinners or UV pink Rocky Mountain Tackle Super Squids. For trout, try using Gitzit Bait Savers, white or glow tube jigs (tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm) or gold-black Mepps Aglia Marabous.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 14) The algal bloom is growing and according to recent reports, it now covers a majority of the western portion of the lake. Please use extreme caution as the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Ben Holcomb, harmful algal bloom program coordinator for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, suggests avoiding activities on the lake that have direct contact with the water.

(Jun 29) Channel catfish fishing is hot and anglers report catching 18-to 30-inch catfish. Anglers report success fishing near the airport dike adjacent to the weed line. For catfish try using baitfish cuts, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits.

(Jun 22) Anglers have been catching channel catfish, bullheads and white bass. For catfish, try using chicken livers, hotdogs, stink baits or nightcrawlers. Use a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce egg weight sinker with 8 to 12 inches of leader. The white bass spawn is nearing its end, but anglers are still catching a few. For white bass, try using chartreuse, pink, or white curly tail grubs or paddle bugs.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass.

Willard Bay

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

(Jul 14) Anglers report catching large numbers of walleye, catfish and wiper. There have been many fish in the upper water column. One angler caught a large wiper using a silver spoon. Another caught several wipers over the span of a single hour. Anglers who have been closely observing the wipers to anticipate where the boils will start. Others report catching more walleyes than wipers. One angler reportedly caught six walleye.

(Jul 7) Anglers reported that the water temperature was around approximately 75 degrees as of July 5, and the water clarity was decent. One group of anglers reported catching several decent-sized catfish using a worm under a bobber. Another angler reported catching a four- or five-inch perch and missing several more near the north marina. The walleye bite was decent as well. Fishing was good for wipers near the south marina according to one group of anglers who caught almost a dozen between them. For wipers and walleye, anglers recommend trolling a jointed Rapala or a lipless crankbait between 2.5 and 3.5 mph.

(Jun 30) One angler who was trolling the reservoir in the afternoon reported that the bite turned on around 7 p.m., leading them to catch several large wipers. Another angler reports slow fishing from shore, having only received a few bites. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair this week.

(Jun 22) The water is murky and contains debris. Many anglers are reporting very poor fishing for wiper. However, anglers report catching some decent-sized walleye.

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