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Revised 01-13-18


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.

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

(Jan 11) The reservoir has four to five inches of safe ice by the dam. One group of anglers reported catching two rainbows with a white squid. Several other anglers were catching fish with jigs and nightcrawlers. Water levels are extremely low. Last year, regulations changed at the reservoir, and you are no longer restricted to artificial fly use only. Utah's regular statewide regulations now apply to fishing at Brough.

(Jan 6) Launching a boat may be difficult with extremely low water levels. The fishing has been really slow again this week. Try using PowerBait, crank baits in rainbow patterns and/or a jake's lure in the morning hours. As of January 1, 2017, regulations changed from artificial fly use only to the regular statewide regulations.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Jan 6) As of Jan. 3, the reservoir was completely capped with no open water, and unsafe ice. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. Please use extreme caution. There have been no recent angler reports. Please let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice.

Regulations

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jan 11) The reservoir currently has four inches of fishable ice with possible open-water spots in the middle. Most of the tiger muskies in Cottonwood have not yet reached 40 inches in length, so please remember to use recommended catch-and-release techniques.

(Jan 6) There is currently open water with little to no ice forming on the edges. Anglers have been using medium sized streamers and hooking up the tiger musky from the shoreline. Anglers are encouraged to remember good catch-and-release techniques with tiger muskie, as most fish have not reached the 40-inch length limit.

Regulations

Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

No recent reports.

Regulations

Deer Creek Reservoir

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

(Jan 6) There is no ice formation and fishing is slow. Try using size #1 or #2 gold or hot firetiger Mepps Dressed Aglia spinners, size #2 with 2.5-imch gold red-white Mepps Comet Mino's, or gold neon red or gold Kastmaster Rattle Masters. If you are fishing from shore use PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended in 10 to 15 feet of water.

(Dec 31) Fishing is slow and anglers have been catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try jigging 1.2- to 2-inch white tube jigs, Rapalas or inline spinners. There is little to no ice formation at this time.

(Dec 21) Fishing is slow and anglers have been catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try jigging 1.2- to 2-inch white tube jigs, Rapalas or inline spinners. There is little to no ice formation at this time.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Jan 13) On January 12, one angler who spoke with several other anglers on the ice reported that it was 3 to 3.5 inches thick with some areas of cloudy ice. Use extreme caution, especially in light of recent warm temperatures in the area.

(Jan 5) On Jan. 3, one angler reported that the reservoir was ringed in a thin layer of ice with open water at the center. This open water does not currently appear to be accessible to anglers.

(Dec 31) The main body of water was still ice free as of Dec. 28. However, the water temperature is dropping and more ice is forming on the edges compared to last week, especially on the south end to the narrows. Fishing at East Canyon is fair to good. On Dec. 22, one angler who fishes the reservoir regularly caught one decent-sized trout and three planters. This same angler reports catching a couple fish on Dec. 28 as well.

(Dec 21) Angler reports have confirmed that East Canyon still has open water with a water temperature around 37 degrees. As of December 18, a few patches of thin ice would form overnight but they would melt as soon as the sun came out. Fishing the past couple weeks has been fair to good. Last week, one angler landed four rainbow trout in the 16-inch range. This week, an angler reported catching a couple nice-sized rainbows, while another caught six planter-sized trout.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Jan 13) An angler who drove by the reservoir on January 9 reported warm temperatures, rain, and standing water on top of the ice which could have affected the safety of the ice. Use caution if you are going out to fish at Echo.

(Jan 5) According to an angler report from Dec. 31, the reservoir was covered in ice except for a patch of open water in the middle. A few anglers were observed fishing approximately 20 yards from shore. One angler reported that the ice in this part of the reservoir is about four inches thick.

(Dec 31) The reservoir was about 80 percent capped with a thin layer of ice on Dec. 27. This ice is not safe to walk on

(Dec 21) There is no ice on the reservoir and there probably won't be any for quite a while. Fishing at Echo has been good, but can be spotty according to one report from last week. One angler noticed that the schools would swim through about once an hour and fishing would be hot and fast fishing, then completely dead until they came through again. Green PowerBait worked well. One angler caught a few healthy 12- to 18-inch rainbow trout last week.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) Unsafe ice reported on both the upper and lower reservoir.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 13) On January 11, Conservation Officer Doman said that the pond now has potentially unsafe ice. Before recent warm temperatures and rain, there used to be approximately 8 to 10 inches of ice. Use caution. Fishing has been slow for several weeks.

(Jan 5) Fishing has slowed since the hot streak two weeks ago. However, the 8 to 10 inches of ice at Farmington Pond (as of Dec. 31) is the thickest ice you'll find among the Davis County community fisheries right now.

(Dec 31) On Dec. 25, one angler reports that the ice was still three to five inches thick, but nothing was biting

(Dec 21) Last week, the ice on the pond was four to five inches thick throughout: the edges were just as solid as the middle. This week there is more open water near the inlet, but anglers are still able to fish on most of the pond. Fishing is fair at the pond.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 6) The reservoir's elevation is 6,029 feet and descending and the temperature is 39 degrees F. There is fishable ice in Green River and Blacks Fork arms, and unstable ice at the Confluence. Currently, there are five to six inches of ice at Firehole, and five inches of ice at Fontenelle, but it is very unstable so use extreme caution. All boat ramps are still open for launching.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing for kokanee reopened Dec. 1.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is good. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are active along the shoreline. Casting jigs and spoons and retrieving with the occasional jig and pause is most effective. Watch your line during the pause, as many of the hits will come as the lure drops through the water column. Good lures are 1/4 ounce marabou jigs in earth tones and spoons in silver, copper and chartreuse. If fishing from shore, cast the lure in a 45-degree angle from shore, and let the lure drop 10 to 15 feet before retrieving.,Trolling 10 to 20 feet deep and 1.5-2 mph with pop gear, spinners and small spoons has also been effective. Let the lure out 100 to 150 feet before attaching the line to the downrigger or inline weight. The longer set back will help decrease spooking of shallow fish. Lake trout may also be caught using these same tactics.

Lake trout: Fishing is good. The lake trout are active and hungry. Anglers are consistently catching smaller lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Some lake trout are being caught while casting jigs and spoons along the shoreline (see rainbow trout), and longline trolling shallow running crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps and Xraps.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is slow. Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down, and it will be considerably difficult to catch them during the winter months. Try using jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Some recent reports indicate fishing success, but it's been rather slow this year. The best activity happens at night. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water 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. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole boat launch.

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) The pond froze several weeks ago, but ice thickness may vary due to highly variable temperatures in Carbon County. Use caution when fishing here. Try using tube jigs tipped with either meal worms or night crawlers.

(Jan 6) Gigliotti Pond has had ice for several weeks, but ice thickness may vary due to recent warm temperatures in Carbon County. Use caution when fishing here.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from the shore. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

(Dec 31) The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from shore. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. The DWR has begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jan 11) The ice is unsafe.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Jan 13) Anglers report that the middle of the reservoir has about 5 to six inches of ice with 1 to two inches of slush on top, but the first two feet along the edges of the water were soft. One angler reported catching a few trout, but fishing overall was slow according to their reports.

(Jan 5) The ice appears unsafe, and there are patches of open water. No anglers have been observed by DWR employees at the reservoir in the last few weeks.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Huntington North Reservoir still has some areas of open water. Use caution when ice fishing here.

(Jan 6) Huntington North Reservoir still has some areas of open water. Use caution when ice fishing here.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 13) One family of anglers who fished the ice on January 6 said that it was 5.5 inches thick. They reported catching a large number of perch less than eight inches long as well as one 12-inch rainbow trout. This group of anglers did well in about 20 feet of water using a small gold-colored jig tipped with mealworm.

(Jan 5) The ice is still on the thin side, but a couple of daring anglers have been seen on the reservoir this past week. Use extreme caution and bring the proper safety gear if you want to try ice fishing at Hyrum right now.

(Dec 31) On Dec. 29, the reservoir was covered in a thin layer of ice with many small patches of open water scattered throughout the main body. One angler who tested the ice at the Hyrum State Park Beach Area on Dec. 27 said that it was about one inch thick, making it unsafe to walk on.

(Dec 21) The reservoir is still primarily open water, but some ice shelves are forming along the edges. Fishing has recently been slow to fair for rainbow trout.

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

(Jan 6) Fishing is slow, but there have been some reports of anglers catching 18- to 22-inch browns and 14- to 16-inch rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using shad or rainbow trout Mepps Comet Mino's, hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf's, gold Rapala Original Floater's, gold shiner or rainbow trout Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Foxtail spinners, or holographic silver/pink insert Blue Fox Rattlin' Pixee spoons.

(Dec 31) Anglers are catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using shad or rainbow trout Mepps Comet Mino, hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf, gold Rapala Original Floater or chrome/blue mackerel Luhr-Jensen Krocodile. There is no ice formation at this time.

(Dec 21) Anglers are catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using shad or rainbow trout Mepps Comet Mino, hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf, gold Rapala Original Floater or chrome/blue mackerel Luhr-Jensen Krocodile. There is no ice formation at this time.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Jan 13) On January 11, the ponds were half-frozen with unsafe ice but the fishing on the open water was good. Try a jig tipped with waxworms or mealworms.

(Jan 5) Fishing at the dock has been good with a jig tipped with waxworms or mealworms. One angler caught more than 20 fish in two hours on Dec. 31. The catch included mostly small brook and rainbow trout.

(Dec 31) On Dec. 15 the ponds were capped with a thin layer of ice with small patches of open water distributed throughout.

Regulations

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

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.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 13) According to one angler on January 8, the ice was 5 to seven inches thick with soft edges. Fishing was slow.

(Jan 5) The brief hot streak a couple of weeks ago has given way to very slow fishing, according to angler reports over the past week. A group of four anglers who fished Mantua on Dec. 29 and 30 caught only one trout and had just a few small bites. They said the ice was four-and-a-half inches thick where they fished, but it had some very soft places. Be sure to use extreme caution.

(Dec 31) The reservoir is capped with ice and is being fished heavily. Fishing reports this week contrasted last week's and were slow to fair overall. One angler reported catching one 18-inch rainbow trout after fishing for four hours using orange jigs and mealworms. Another group of anglers caught 16 small perch between the three of them. We also received several reports of anglers who experienced slow fishing or observed many others not catching very much. The most likely catch was small perch, according to several reports we received this week. One angler reported that the ice was seven inches thick where they drilled on Dec. 26, but other angler reports claimed their own holes were about five inches. Several anglers reported slushy conditions, especially within the past few days. One angler also reported very windy conditions on the reservoir, so you might want to consider bringing an ice tent on your next trip.

(Dec 21) Anglers this past week reported good to hot fishing despite heavy fishing pressure. On December 19, the ice was approximately four to five inches thick and it was covered in about two inches of snow. Angler reports indicated that fishing was best for perch, mainly in terms of quantity rather than size. Rainbow trout was the next most caught species. Anglers caught far fewer bluegill and bass but many still reporting catching them. Most of the bluegill were only a few inches long.

According to several angler reports, the smaller fish were biting readily and in great quantity, but there were a few larger fish mixed into the catch. One angler who was fishing the south side of the reservoir caught approximately 30 perch along with several bluegill and trout which is similar to a few other reports we received. Another angler had great success for perch by tipping a jig with a waxworm. Yet another angler caught a few fat rainbow trout. Another family of anglers reported catching mostly rainbow trout, but also one large perch. Very few reporting anglers this week opted to share what they were using to catch these fish.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice.

(Dec 31) The reservoir should be mostly ice-free.

Regulations

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice.

Regulations

Newton Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Jan 6) As of Jan. 3, the ice was three inches thick. The lake is currently filling, and we are not getting cold enough temperatures to freeze the edges. During the warmth of the day, open water formed around the shoreline in the afternoon, and on the very northwest end of the lake, near the sportsman's access. Please use extreme caution. 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.

Regulations

Pineview Reservoir

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

(Jan 13) Angler reports indicated that perch fishing was still good to hot throughout last week. One pair of anglers did well for perch on January 5 and 6 in about 35 to 40 feet of water using Kastmasters with dropper ice flies tipped with mealworms and perch eyes. These anglers caught mostly small perch, but did get into several that were 9 to 10.5 inches long. Several anglers marked crappie, but these crappie have been unwilling to bite in great number these past few weeks.

(Jan 5) Many anglers visited Pineview this week, and they reported fishing trips that ranged from good to hot! The ice was four to five inches thick, according to a few anglers. They said that areas that might appear from a distance to be open water actually turned out to be clear, solid ice. We received a large number of reports indicating hot perch fishing. Anglers have been catching a lot of perch, and many were good-sized fish. One angler who fished Pineview on Dec. 30 said that several of the more than 100 perch they caught were more than 10 inches long. Another pair of anglers said they absolutely hammered the perch, catching well over their daily limits and having to release the smaller ones.

Not all of the fishing reports we received were this excellent, but many were still good. For example, on the Narrows, one angler report from Jan. 1 said that the perch bite was good in about 30 feet of water in the afternoon. This angler ended up catching around 30 perch. The perch they caught ranged in size from very small to decent-sized. We did not receive any crappie reports. Please keep in mind that fishing pressure at Pineview has been high, so the catching could slow down in the coming weeks.

(Dec 31) The reservoir is beginning to cap, but the ice is still unsafe. One angler who tested the ice on Dec. 26 said that it was about one inch thick, while another angler on Dec. 28 said that it had two inches. Hold on for just a bit longer before hitting the ice!

(Dec 21) According to a few angler reports this week, no ice has formed at Pineview beyond a few thin patches along some of the edges. The few fishing reports from Pineview we've received these past couple weeks suggest a slow to fair catch for panfish.

Regulations

Pioneer Park Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Piute Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

No recent reports.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and provide good fishing from the shore or a boat. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips.

(Dec 31) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from shore and boats.

Regulations

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 6) Biologists have discovered that some of the wipers have reached almost 19 inches. Anglers continue to report good wiper fishing and are catching fish from 10- to 12-inch range by trolling crank baits. Anglers are encouraged to harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Last summer's surveys show an abundance of yellow perch in the five- to six-inch range and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of them. DWR biologists transferred select sizes of largemouth bass back into Red Fleet within the last month. These fish are larger than 12 inches and have a metal tag on the lower jaw. Walleye caught in the fall were eight to 12 inches.

Regulations

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

(Jan 13) On January 9, one angler reported that there was approximately two inches of ice underneath two inches of slushy water. This ice is unsafe to access for angling.

(Jan 5) The reservoir began to cap around Jan. 1 and 2. According to an angler report on Jan. 4, the ice was approximately two inches thick. Shore anglers reported fair to good fishing on Dec. 31, bringing in decent-sized rainbow trout using PowerBait and Rapalas.

(Dec 31) On Dec. 27, the reservoir was almost completely open water with the exception of the south tip, which was covered in a thin layer of ice. Angler reports indicated fair fishing this week. Some anglers struggled, while others brought in a few decent-sized rainbow trout.

(Dec 21) As of December 20, the reservoir still had open water and the surface water temperature was in the high 30s to low 40s. Try fishing off the bottom, as this was how a couple reporting anglers caught a handful of decent-sized rainbows this week. One angler reported that garlic PowerBait worked wel

Regulations

Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice fish during the colder months each year. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

(Dec 31) Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice-sized fish every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

Regulations

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 6) As of Jan. 3, the southern bay is about 1/3 covered with ice. The reservoir temperature is hovering around 37 degrees F and is sitting at 90 percent full and continuing to rise. Fly anglers are reporting very slow success with size 6-8 woolly buggers. Kokanee fishing reopened statewide on Dec. 1. Biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 14-inch walleye to help thin out the walleye population and to help the yellow perch population. If you catch crappy, consider voluntarily releasing them to help establish the population.

Regulations

Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 6) Anglers have been successful using spinners to catch large trout from the shoreline. Water levels are low. Shore anglers can also expect to find success casting or fishing suspended trout baits including worms and PowerBait. Bass have slowed down with the cooler temperatures but can still be caught if you are patient. Bass anglers should focus on rocky structure in 20 to 30 foot depths and slowly fish jigs or crawfish patterns to hook sluggish fish. Bluegill are also catchable if you can locate schools; once located try vertically jigging with small worm tipped jigs. There are still no limits in place as there are still lots of fish in the lake. The Division 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, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. We have been told that boaters will be able to launch through the 2018 summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October 2018, with no storage water in Steinaker for all of 2019.Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Jan 6) According to Strawberry Bay Marina and Lodge, most of the reservoir is open water. There was some ice formation on the south end of the lake, however with the current weather conditions that ice has disappeared. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs or curly tail grubs tipped with a nightcrawler or wax worm, rainbow trout Original Floating Rapala's, or silver or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lure's. Also, scent the lure with Pro-Cure Rainbow Trout Super Gel for an extra attractant.

(Dec 31) There is some ice formation on the Soldier Creek side and a few of the shallower bays, but the majority of the reservoir is open water. Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slow buster cutthroats. Anglers are having success fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, paddle bugs or Maniac Custom Lure Cut'R Bugs.

(Dec 21) There is some ice formation on the Soldier Creek side and a few of the shallower bays, but the majority of the reservoir is open water. Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slow buster cutthroats. Anglers are having success fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, paddle bugs or Maniac Custom Lure Cut'R Bugs.

Regulations

Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 6) There is some ice formation in the harbors and in various locations throughout the like. Reports indicate 1.5 to three inches of ice. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have reported catching white bass. Try chartreuse or pink jigheads tipped with a nightcrawler, wax worm, or mealworm, or chartreuse, white, or pink curly tail grubs.

(Dec 31) There is some ice formation beginning in the harbors and along the lake shore, and reports indicate two to three inches of ice at these locations. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have reported catching northern pike and white bass through the ice. Try using smelt or shiners and/or minnows to target northern pike.

(Dec 21) There is some ice formation beginning in the harbors and along the lake shore, and reports indicate two to three inches of ice at these locations. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have reported catching northern pike and white bass through the ice. Try using smelt or shiners and/or minnows to target northern pike.

Regulations

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is mostly ice-free. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn next spring.

(Dec 31) There are no recent reports, but the reservoir should be mostly ice-free. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring.

Willard Bay

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

(Jan 13) An angler who checked the reservoir on January 2 said that the North Marina was capped and the ice was about one and a half inches thick. However, recent warm temperatures in the area might create changes in current conditions. Fishing has been very slow.

(Jan 6)

(Dec 31) The reservoir is still primarily open water, although we have received mixed reports about ice forming on the edges over the past two weeks. Recent warm temperatures in the area might have changed the ice conditions that anglers reported earlier in the week. Fishing has been very slow.

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