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Revised 07-13-18


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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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

No recent reports.

Regulations

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 13) Wiper fishing is fast on the top water in the evening and at dusk. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques.

(Jun 28) Anglers report slow fishing, but you may have some success targeting tiger muskies on bass jigs. Remember that you must release any tiger muskies that haven't reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. Trout fishing is slow.

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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 13) Boat traffic has been heavy, but anglers are catching smallmouth bass, crappie and 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout. For smallmouth bass, a little bit of everything has been working. Anglers have been catching smallmouths using flashy pearl or flashy silver Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Flash's, various swimbaits, various gold and silver spinners and Gary Yamamoto Senko's rigged in either a nose rig or whacky rig. For trout, try trolling at about 1.82.0 mph with the rig suspended in about 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen popgear, Mack's Wedding Rings, Worden's Flatfish's or Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink squids and Dakota dodgers.

(Jun 28) There is a lot of boat traffic during the weekends, but anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch walleye, 8- to 10-inch perch and 16- to 18-inch rainbows. For walleye, anglers have had success trolling at about 2.02.4 mph using walleye harnesses tipped with a nightcrawler. Try using Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harnesses in UV fire perch, gold Christmas or hot steel, or try using Berkley Flicker Shad in black silver or blue smelt. For trout, try trolling at about 1.82.0 mph with the rig suspended in about 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen popgear, Berkley Flicker Minnows, Mack's Wedding Rings, Worden's Flatfish or Blue Fox Pixee spoons.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Jul 13) Fishing at East Canyon is fair to good according to the angler reports we received. One group of anglers did well for wipers and smallmouth bass using spinners. Others recommended PowerBait in various colors or flavors including rainbow, garlic and chartreuse. Another angler recommended fishing at Taylor Hollow.

(Jun 29) Fishing at East Canyon has been hit-or-miss for the past couple weeks, and this week was no different. Some anglers are reporting decent fishing while others are getting no bites at all despite trying a variety of tackle and locations. This week, we received a few more reports of slow fishing than in previous weeks. Reporting anglers who had some success were using garlic, chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait, especially near the south end of the reservoir.

(Jun 23) Fishing at East Canyon has been hit-or-miss for the past couple weeks. Some anglers are reporting decent fishing while others are getting no bites at all despite trying a variety of tackle and locations. One shore angler who was fishing the south end this week caught four smallmouth bass and one wiper. Another angler who was trolling from a canoe on June 17 got nothing from 7:00 p.m. all the way until dark. They were fishing near the dam and used flies, Rapalas and spoons. If you're fishing from shore, chartreuse PowerBait off the bottom is still working, according to a couple angler reports we received. Another reporting angler disagreed, though, saying that spinners were working for them better than PowerBait was. We also received several other reports of anglers receiving few or no bites recently.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Jul 13) The reservoir's water level has been dropping quickly. Fishing is still fair to good for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. According to angler reports from this and previous weeks, the smallmouth bass and a few rainbows are biting in the rocks up by the dam. One angler reported catching a 17-inch rainbow trout from this spot. Most of the smallmouths have been small in size, but one angler caught a 12-inch bass a couple of weeks ago. Worms, plastic minnows and perch eyes have worked well.

(Jun 29) Fishing at Echo is still fair to good for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. According to angler reports from this week and the last, the smallmouth bass are still biting in the usual place: the rocks up by the dam. Most of the smallmouths caught have been small in size, although one angler reported catching one 12-inch bass along with all of the small ones. Another angler this week reported excellent fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch in the early morning. Both a worm-and-bobber rig and garlic PowerBait worked well for this angler.

(Jun 23) Fishing at Echo has been fair to good for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. According to angler reports from this week and the last, the smallmouth bass are still biting in the usual place: the rocks up by the dam. Most of the smallmouths caught have been small in size. One group of anglers caught several decent-sized rainbow trout by trolling deep. Another angler caught several rainbows on a float tube using a perch-pattern Rapala.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 28) Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so you can only launch small boats. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 13) Fishing is slow to fair at the pond right now. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try.

(Jun 29) Fishing is slow at the pond right now. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try.

(Jun 23) Fishing is slow at the pond right now. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 13) Fishing at Flaming Gorge has been good.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 70 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers reported high catch rates from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try targeting aggressive pups with spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout, less than 25-inches, have become overabundant. This is causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component because there will be less food to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing has been spotty, but it can be good when you are at the right spot. Effective colors and lures have become more variable. Pink has been a go-to color this season, but recent reports recommend green, white and even brass spinner blades. On the Utah side of the reservoir, anglers report success at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Kingfisher Island near the rope swing, North Skull Creek, Jarvies Bay and near Mustang Ridge. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality because of warm water and air temperatures. Now that water temperatures are above 70F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. You can, however, shore fish near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights have been very effective. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs that mimic crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. 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 the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

(Jun 28) Fishing is fair to hot, depending on what species you're targeting.

Lake trout: Catch rates are picking up. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates were recently reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You might find fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. If trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is good and most are being caught while trolling 25 to 45 feet on dodgers and pink squids. If you find a large concentration, you can also catch them while vertically jigging small spoons (P-Line Kokanator) tipped with Gulp maggots. Successful reports from the Utah side of the reservoir have recently come from Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Jarvies Bay and near the dam. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality due to warm water and air temperatures, and now that water temperatures are near 70 degrees F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent now that water temperatures are in the upper 60s. High catch rates have been reported using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earth tone colors. Expect higher catch rates lower in the reservoir near the dam.

Burbot: We haven't received any recent reports. 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 the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 12) Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout, each averaging almost 11 inches long. To catch them, try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait.

(Jun 28) Gigliotti Pond has been stocked with about 3,000 fish so far this year. Most recently, it was stocked on June 13. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout.

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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

(Jun 28) Visit the State Parks website for open hours. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. Smallmouth 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- and medium-sized largemouth bass (10 to 12 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jun 28) Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Jun 23) Fishing at Holmes Creek Reservoir appears to be fair to good right now. One family of anglers reported good success last week using PowerBait. They caught several planter-sized rainbow trout. Generally this is a good time of year to fish the reservoir for largemouth bass as well, but we have not received any recent reports on the quality of the bass bite at this location.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 12) Anglers have had success catching rainbow trout and wiper using a size 6 beadhead crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl colors. Fishing was best in the vicinity of the boat ramp.

(Jun 28) Anglers have had success catching rainbow trout and wiper using a size 6 bead head crystal bugger in brown, green and pearl colors. Using jigs to fish for wipers has been less effective lately.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 13) Most of the reports we received from anglers indicated slow to fair fishing, but we did receive a report of one angler who did well for perch and rainbow trout using worms on two separate occasions. A different angler reported losing one decent-sized largemouth bass.

(Jun 29) Fishing at Hyrum, according to angler reports from this week, has virtually shut down compared to the fair to good fishing reports we received last week. Reporting anglers received few to no bites at all.

(Jun 23) Fishing at Hyrum has been fair to good for bass, perch and trout. Shore anglers have reported that fish were biting readily on PowerBait or worms. One group last week did particularly well by tipping their worm with a mini marshmallow.

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 13) Boat traffic has been heavy, but anglers are catching smallmouth bass, 12- to 16-inch kokanee salmon, 14- to 16-inch rainbow trout, 10- to 12-inch wipers, and occasionally 18- to 22-inch brown trout. For kokanee, try trolling at 1.3 mph with the rigs suspended in 15- to 25 feet of water. Try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink spotted glow squids and gold with silver fish scale Dakota dodgers tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For wipers, try trolling at 2.63.0 mph straight out from the boat docks in about eight to 12 feet of water. Try using Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Flash's in a variety of lighter colors.

(Jun 28) Anglers are catching 11- to 14-inch kokanee, 14- to 16-inch rainbows and some smallmouth bass. For kokanee, try trolling at 1.61.8 mph with the rigs suspended in 20 to 30 feet of water. Try using D&H Custom Lures pink Hot Heads with a pink/silver Dakota dodger tipped with a pink Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For smallmouth bass, try using Mister Twister Curly Tail Grub in watermelon/blue black gold flake, chartreuse flake, or black on a 1/8-ounce white jighead or dropshot a Gary Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin, watermelon or watermelon and white laminate.

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Kaysville Ponds

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

(Jul 13) Fishing at the Kaysville Ponds has been a bit slow for larger fish. Several groups of anglers reported that their children enjoyed catching tiny bluegill near the shore. Use a small piece of a worm on a small hook, and you can potentially catch the bluegill over and over very easily. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. Basic baits, such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait, are generally good to try.

(Jun 29) Fishing at the Kaysville Ponds has been a bit slow for larger fish, but recently we've received reports from several groups of anglers about their children having a blast catching tiny bluegill near the shore. Use a small piece of a worm on a small hook, and they can potentially be very easy to catch over and over. Keep an eye on the stocking reports as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best within a few days after stocking. In general, your basic baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait are good to try.

(Jun 23) Fishing at the Kaysville Ponds has been a bit slow for larger fish, but we received reports from several groups of anglers about their children having a blast catching tiny bluegill near the shore. Use a small piece of a worm on a small hook, and they can potentially be very easy to catch over and over. One angler last week also recommended using white bread, PowerBait, or insects that you find around the pond if you're targeting more than just the small bluegill.

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

(Jul 12) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,608 feet Water temperatures: 8084F

The water temperature is in the 80s all day and night. That is great for swimming, wakeboarding and scuba diving but it makes fishing a bit more challenging. Here are some ways to beat the heat and catch some fish.

Lakewide, the best fishing is for smallmouth bass. You can catch bass in the morning and evening using plastic baits fished near shore or around the submerged islands that are now coming out of the water as the water level goes down. Target rocky structure at a depth of 10 to 25 feet for best results. Use plastic single or double tails grubs, swimbaits, Yamamoto D-Shad and topwater lures. If you hit the lake just before dawn, the top water fishing for bass is incredible. Once the sun comes up bass fishing slows down as fish go deep looking for crayfish. It lights up again near sunset as the light diminishes and fish get more aggressive.

You can still catch an occasional walleye by trolling in the morning near rocky structure, but the catch rate is declining. Walleye are more active at night. Target them in rocky habitat at depths of 15 to 30 feet right as the sun comes up and goes down and the daylight fades.

Each year in July, we have the challenge of catching 60 stripers for a disease certification check up. The common result is that stripers are disease free of viruses. For the first time this year, we failed to collect our required numbers of fish. A slight breeze this morning, kept the slurping stripers away from view. Our fallback position was to use bait along the walls in Navajo Canyon but that was not up to par. In fact, we only caught 5 stripers with three boats and nine anglers fishing from Navajo Canyon to the San Juan. We didn't see any boils or slurps in the main channel from Wahweap to Cha Canyon because of the slight breeze that kept the fish down. Some days fishing is not as good. We chose one of those days. That really makes me want to go out tomorrow because I know it will be better then.

The best striper fishing is in the far northern lake, where full blown striper boils are wide open from North Wash to Good Hope Bay. Launching at Hite is no longer possible due to dropping lake level, but it is worth the long run uplake from Bullfrog to the Horn to chase boiling stripers.

If you go, pick a day with calm water and no wind in the forecast to make sure the fish will come to the top to feed.

Many people are camping on the shore of the lake in houseboats or tents. There are more fishing opportunities than those mentioned above. Catfish are really aggressive now and are easy to catch on the sandy beaches where boats can park. Both bluegill and green sunfish are in the shallows and you can see them in shallow water where there is brush. Many of the brushy sites are drying out as the lake declines but sunfish are still near those areas. To find sunfish, look for blocky rocks that fish can use as shade near the dried brush. Use small hooks and small worms to catch some very impressive bluegill that are now just finishing up their spawning ritual. After spawning fish get hungry and are easier to catch. Fishing is always great at the lake if you pick the right species, at the right time, and the right spot.

(Jul 5) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,609 feet Water temperatures: 7583F

Lake Powell is busy the week of July 4. There are lots of visitors lakewide enjoying the sun and warm water. Houseboats, fast running boats, kayaks, wake boats and all other watercraft are on the lake now. When heading to Lake Powell for vacation, it is wise to bring along a fishing rod to broaden the lake experience. Anglers need to get up early and then stay up late to catch fish.

Early morning is the best time to catch fish. Rig up with a surface lure and toss that lure toward shore to attract smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and stripers. Bass will be near stickups or rocky cover. Stripers will be slurping anywhere from the mid channel in most long canyons to open water in the main channel. All these fish are very cooperative from the time the sky lightens in the east until the sun hits the water. The best lures for slurpers are small narrow topwater lures, small white jigs or swim baits, and Kastmaster type spoons.

As the sun comes up, so do the skiers, wake boarders and surfers. The lake gets busy and rough so be selective in choosing your fishing location. Run to the end of the long canyons like the Escalante, San Juan, Navajo or near Hite. Or join in with those that are celebrating their time on the water with swimming or water toys.

In busy areas, you can still find a deep canyon or cove and fish with bait for stripers. Schools are moving along the canyon walls and can be found with a little effort. There were recent reports of striper schools at the mouth of the San Juan, the main channel in the Escalante Arm and at the mouth of Moki Canyon.

Big walleye have been caught recently while trolling with deep diving Fat Free shad lures. Down rigger trolling is another way to get the lure down to the cooler temperature zone where most fish hangout while waiting to head back to the warm surface water to chase some more small shad. During the day, fish move quickly from cooler, deeper water to the surface and then they go deep again in short order. This up and down activity really makes fish fight well during the hot days of summer.

Catfish are actively spawning in the backs of many canyons. When in spawning mode, catfish are very active and catchable. Head to the back of the canyon where water is less than 25 feet deep. Use hot dog rounds, shrimp, worms or three-inch artificial Gulp minnows. Begin fishing for catfish at dusk and continue into the night. Circle hooks are great hooks for catching catfish. It is possible to catch catfish with just a rod propped up in a rod holder with a bell on the tip to announce when a catfish come calling. But I prefer to hold the rod in my hand to feel the first bite and then set the hook when the cat comes back for the second look. You will catch more catfish if you hold the rod instead of propping it up.

(Jun 28) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,610 feet Water temperatures: 7580F

We observed slurping stripers all over the lake on our weekly trip. The average size of slurping stripers was 14 inches, but they range from 8 to 18 inches. The water was warm on top, 7880F, which means that adult stripers cannot come to the top and spend much time without suffering severe stress. When young stripers see a larval shad school near the surface, they form a scavenging line and attack the small shad. Since these shad cannot swim fast, stripers eat as many shad as possible in 15 seconds and then go back down to 30 feet. That makes it hard to see the striper school and then get in range to make a cast while they are still on the surface. Normally the striper school goes down and then quickly pops back up on the next shad school. If they surface near your boat, then a quick cast will possibly catch a fish. If stripers are out of casting range, you need to move your boat quickly to get in range. The action is exciting, but the catch rate is low.

Here are a few lures that worked well: a small white clouser minnow fly attached behind a bubble filled with water and a small skinny surface lure (Ima Skimmer) and a Kastmaster spoon. You need to throw long casts to the quickly moving striper school. That is not easy with a small, lightweight lure with limited casting range.

You must cast in front of the lead striper. If your cast lands in the middle of the school, the fish often spook, jump and then swim deep. It is better to throw well in front of the school and let it rest until the school gets in range. Then start working the lure, bringing it right in front of the slurping fish. When all this happens, you can catch a fish. When any of the other possibilities happen you cast too short, behind the school or too late the school will sound and you will have to wait for the next school to surface. When one school goes down, just look around to see more schools surfacing in the vicinity. Also, look at your graph to see if the fleeing school goes under your boat. If so, deploy a spoon to the depth indicated on the graph to catch more fish.

We observed slurps from Warm Creek to Rock Creek in the main channel and midway back in many canyons, from Bullfrog to Trachyte and in the Escalante and San Juan Arms. Slurps are lakewide, but the intensity and catch rate is greater further north.

Bait fishing for larger stripers is still working, particularly along the main channel and in many canyons. It will take a few tries to find fish, but you are more likely to find fish in spots that are not reported often. Recent reports have come from the mouth of San Juan and Lake Canyon, where anglers have found big catches of stripers.

Trolling for walleye in the shade of the canyon walls early in the morning is working. Try the following lures: Live Target threadfin shad (Copper color), Lucky Craft 78 or 100 XD pointers in chartreuse shad. The shady walls between Piute and Deep Canyon in the San Juan are a good place to try, but any similar landscape may work lakewide.

Smallmouth bass are hitting surface lures at first light in the morning. Then they go deeper, so fish at 20 to 40 feet to catch bass during the daytime.

Bluegill are still spawning. You can see the circular nests in three feet of water near the shoreline or any large rocky area. Use a tiny jig head with a piece of live worm attached to catch these brightly colored fish.

Catfish are active from sundown into the night. Use table scraps, worms or anchovies on the sandy beach behind the houseboat. It's a great activity to keep the kids interested as it cools down after a hot day at the lake.

(Jun 21) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,611 feet Water temperatures: 7376F

My weekly fishing trip began in perfect fashion. We stopped and trolled at Padre Butte, hoping to catch a walleye. We deployed our lures and trolled for 50 yards before both rods hit hungry fish. My partner caught a smallmouth bass and I caught a 14-inch walleye. This seemed like the perfect start to a perfect day. Within a few minutes, however, the wind picked up and conditions changed.

Our plan was to chase slurping stripers from Padre Bay to Rock Creek. We saw a lot of stripers slurping shad near the surface, but they were usually gone before we could get in range to make a decent cast. Surprisingly, the best slurp was on the return trip in the main channel where boat wakes were stirring up the water into two foot waves. This school of stripers stayed up long enough to make a decent cast and catch some fish. Bullfrog anglers reported identical fishing: quick slurps and no fish caught. Striper slurps are still going strong in calm water. When it's calm, it's much easier to see the surface disturbance, approach quickly and make a good cast. This will continue until the rapidly growing larval shad are big enough to swim fast. Then, the stripers will boil as they round up the shad school and attack. That will happen in July and August.

When we gathered fishing reports at the end of the day, it was obvious that anglers using bait along the canyon walls caught more and larger stripers than we did. The average catch for anglers using bait was 10 to 20 stripers. Bait fishing was good in Antelope, Navajo, Labyrinth Wall and Rock Creek. In the northern lake, Moki Wall and the cove just upstream from the mouth of Moki were good bait spots. Night fishing under green lights in Bullfrog Bay is the best way to catch a large number of stripers.

Another hot ticket in the northern lake is chasing slurps in Red Canyon or the Good Hope Bay area. Anglers catch more stripers, shad and fish there. If I had a day to fish up north, I would go to Good Hope Bay.

Smallmouth bass are the best fish to target and catch right now. They really like topwater lures at first light in the morning, lake wide. After the sun comes up, switch to plastic shad-shaped worms on a drop shot rig. Fish those rigs from 10 to 15 feet early and switch to 17 to 22 feet later in the day. The best habitat is submerged ledges, scattered boulder-sized rocks or even muddy points where crayfish gather. Smallmouth bass will hit plastic baits all day long. Bass caught this week ranged from small to 3.5 pounds. Kids fishing for the first time will be able to catch both bass and stripers by using these techniques.

You can still catch walleye by trolling and casting early and late and under muddy colored water during the day. Bluegill and green sunfish are still holding at nest sites where a few stick ups or tumbleweeds are submerged. Channel catfish are spawning and active day and night in the backs of the canyons from 10 to 29 feet on a sandy bottom.

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LaSal Mountains

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

(Jul 12) Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, have been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout this year. (The fish averaged about 10 inches long.) Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners to catch them.

(Jun 28) Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond, as well as several others on the La Sal Mountains, were stocked recently with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length.

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 13) Fishing has been fair to good. Bluegill were readily hitting worms in many of the reports we received. One family fishing from a boat caught a healthy mix of bluegills, green sunfish and a couple of largemouth bass. This group tried a large variety of lures and bait, including different flavors of PowerBait and Gulp. They had general success with most of what they used, without a clear favorite. Everyone in the family ended up catching something. A jon boat angler caught a few bluegills and a two-pound bass using earthworms under a bobber. Another family caught 30 bluegill on worms, and three bass and one trout with a Rat-L-Trap. This group observed a nearby angler doing just as well using crankbaits.

(Jun 29) Heavy algae growth is making fishing at Mantua rough right now. Aside from a small window of open water near the boat ramp, the reservoir is coated in algae. One family who spent the entire day trolling with a variety of rigs only got a few nibbles and no real bites.

(Jun 23) Fishing is still good for bluegill, largemouth bass, perch and rainbow trout. A worm under a bobber is a cheap and simple rig that can potentially yield a good catch if you're fishing from the shore. Anglers last week also recommended fishing with PowerBait or a worm tipped with a marshmallow. Catches widely varied between reporting anglers. While one angler reported catching 50 bluegill, others reported catching rainbow trout or a mixture of species.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jun 28) Fishing is slow to fair. Trout have moved away from the shorelines, so anglers on boat and float tubes are finding better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with best fishing at dawn and dusk.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 28) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during the early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth and wipers.

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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 13) Bass fishing is excellent on warm days. You may want to try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds. The fishing pier is old and damaged, so we won't be putting it in this year. Carp have been very active, so you may try you hand at bowfishing. 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.

(Jun 28) The bass fishing has been excellent on warm days, and will only get better as it gets warmer. Tube jigs on weighted bead heads, tipped with earthworm have worked great this past week. You may try throwing bass jigs online the weeds beds. The fishing pier is old and damaged, so we won't be putting it in this year. Carp have been super active, so you may try you hand at bowfishing. 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 13) Tiger muskie fishing is really picking up! More anglers are catching tiger muskies compared to previous weeks. In some of these reports, anglers caught several tiger muskies during one fishing trip. Use big, flashy lures like crankbaits and spinnerbaits when you're targeting tiger muskies. Catching this spectacular fish can require a great deal of persistence, so keep casting. Fishing for perch, catfish and smallmouth bass has also been good. One angler caught a large number of catfish and perch using worms. Anglers are still catching smallmouth bass too.

(Jun 29) According to the angler reports we've received this week, the tiger muskie bite is picking up! We received more reports of anglers catching tiger muskies this week compared to previous weeks. Use big, flashy lures like crankbaits and spinnerbaits when you're targeting tiger muskies. Catching this spectacular fish can require a great deal of persistence, so keep casting! We did not receive any angler reports on the quality of the bite for other fish species this week, but recently fishing for smallmouth bass at Pineview has been fair to good.

(Jun 23) Recently anglers have been reporting fair to good fishing for smallmouth bass as well as a decent catfish and perch bite. Try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening if you can. We've received several reports of particularly good catching in the coves. Some reports we received on bass indicated that decent-sized fish were also being caught not just large numbers of smaller fish. In general, catching smallmouth bass was easier for anglers who had a boat compared to those fishing from shore. We also received several more reports of tiger muskies being caught this week than any previous week. Use big, flashy lures like crankbaits and spinnerbaits when you're targeting tiger muskies.

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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

(Jun 28) Due to the likelihood of the reservoir being drained this year, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated water fluctuation in recent years. Rainbow trout were stocked last fall, but are likely to experience poor growth and survival.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 28) Bass fishing is fair to good.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 13) Fishing is good. Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. Wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may also catch crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs that mimic smaller panfish. For perch or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in 10 to 15 feet of water.

(Jun 28) Fishing has started to pick up as anglers are still catching 21-inch wipers. They are feasting on black crappie, so try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. Anglers have reported catching decent sized yellow perch in significant numbers. For perch and walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

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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 13) Shore fishing for trout has been very slow. One group of anglers had four rods in the water with various PowerBait colors and a worm-and-marshmallow setup, but didn't get a single bite in three hours. They did, however, do well for small smallmouth bass using silver spinners and Kastmasters.

A harmful algae bloom could still be affecting Rockport in select areas, but monitoring efforts are ongoing. Follow any directions posted by Rockport State Park. Anglers can still fish in waters where a bloom is occurring, but they are encouraged to clean the fish, discard guts and thoroughly wash their hands with clean water. Since toxins concentrate mostly in a fish's organs (fatty tissue and skin), discard these items and eat only the fillets.

(Jun 29) A harmful algae bloom may still be affecting Rockport in select areas, but monitoring efforts are ongoing as of this week. Follow any directions posted by Rockport State Park. Anglers can still fish in waters where a bloom is occurring, but they are encouraged to clean the fish, discard guts, and wash their hands with clean water. Since toxins concentrate mostly in a fish's organs (fatty tissue and skin), discard these items and eat only the fillets. Fishing at Rockport has been slow to fair, according to recent reports. Reporting anglers who had the most success were fishing from a boat. If you're fishing from shore, try using PowerBait in garlic or corn flavor. You could also fish a worm tipped with a marshmallow.

(Jun 23) A harmful algae bloom is currently affecting Rockport in select areas. Follow any directions posted by Rockport State Park. Anglers can still fish in waters where a bloom is occurring, but they are encouraged to clean the fish, discard guts, and wash their hands with clean water. Since toxins concentrate mostly in a fish's organs (fatty tissue and skin), discard these items and eat only the fillets. Fishing at Rockport has been hit-or-miss. We received reports varying from slow to good fishing last week, but this week most of the reports we received were slow to fair. Reporting anglers who had the most success were fishing from a boat. If you're fishing from shore, try using PowerBait in garlic or corn flavor. You could also fish a worm tipped with a marshmallow.

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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

(Jun 28) Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Anglers are catching bass from both boats and shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 13) Anglers are having the best success for walleye in the early morning and late evenings fishing with glow-in-the-dark jigheads, curlytail lures and nightcrawlers. Anglers should fish shallow, sloping shorelines with rock and some vegetation, and make sure to set the hook when you feel a bump. Smallmouth fishing has also picked up along the rocky 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 and produce healthier walleye populations. Biologists are also asking anglers to voluntarily release crappie to help establish the population.

(Jun 28) Anglers are having the best success for walleye in the early morning and late evenings fishing with glow-in-the-dark jigheads, curlytail lures and nightcrawlers. Anglers should fish shallow, sloping shorelines with rock and some vegetation, and make sure to set the hook when you feel a bump. Smallmouth fishing has also picked up along the rocky 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 and produce healthier walleye populations. Biologists are also asking anglers to voluntarily release crappie to help establish the population.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 13) The water levels are extremely low and dropping daily. We anticipate that you will only be able to use the boat ramp for two more weeks. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent during the warmer parts of the day, especially near the rocky edges and the dock. Remember, there is no daily bag limit for any species at Steinaker: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. The reservoir is currently 45 to 47 percent full. This is about 20 percent less than what the Water Conservancy predicted in their draw down schedule for this time of year. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by Sept. 1, per construction contract. This means the boat ramp will most likely be unusable by mid to late July. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. 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.

(Jun 28) Shore anglers have been extremely successful fishing for bluegill with worms, and neon tube jigs/weighted jigheads. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent during the warmer parts of the day, especially near the rocky edges and the dock. Remember, there is no daily bag limit for any species at Steinaker: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. The reservoir is currently 45 to 47 percent full. This is about 20 percent less than what the Water Conservancy predicted in their draw down schedule for this time of year. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by Sept. 1, per construction contract. This means the boat ramp will most likely be unusable by mid to late July. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. 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.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Jul 13) Anglers have been catching 17- to 22-inch cutthroat trout and 15- to 20-inch kokanee salmon. The kokanee have moved deeper in the water column. Try trolling at 1.31.6 mph with the lure suspended in 45 to 50 feet of water. Anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch kokanee on the Solider Creek side, and larger than 15-inch kokanee on the Strawberry Bay side. Try using white, orange or pink squids with a neutral-colored dodger bent in a heads up/heads down orientation. Tip with white Berkley Gulp! Maggots and scent with Pro-Cure Kokanee Special or garlic Mike's Gel Scent.

(Jun 28) Anglers have been catching 12- to 18-inch rainbows regularly (and some that weighed more than two pounds), 18- to 22-inch cutthroats and 15- to 18-inch kokanee. For trout, try using a nightcrawler and white marshmallow or lemon-twist PowerBait Trout Bait. Or try trolling at 1.52.0 mph using Mack's Lures Wedding Rings, Worden's Flatfish, Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Slicks, or Berkley Flicker Minnows. For kokanee, try trolling at 1.31.6 mph with the lure suspended in 35 to 43 feet of water. Try using fluorescent pink, glow, or chartreuse squids with a neutral-colored dodger. Tip with pink Berkley Gulp! Maggots and scent with Pro-Cure Kokanee Special.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 13) Anglers are catching channel catfish that are 25 inches or longer. Try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp soaked in chicken blood, nightcrawlers or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. There is currently an algal bloom warning in place at Utah Lake. You can still fish in the lake, but avoid areas with scum.

(Jun 28) Anglers are catching large channel catfish some weighing more than two pounds on a regular basis. Try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp soaked in chicken blood, nightcrawlers or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. There is currently an algal bloom warning in place at Utah Lake. You can still fish in the lake, but avoid areas with scum. Wear gloves while cleaning the fish. When you're done, wash your hands with clean water. Be sure to discard the entrails and only eat the fillets. Before cooking, rinse the fillets thoroughly with clean water.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jun 28) The water level is dropping quickly and there have been some trout dying due to warm temperatures. Fishing is slow to fair for bass and bluegill. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 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.

Willard Bay

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

(Jul 13) Fishing has been extremely slow over the last two weeks. Several anglers report very little success despite trying a variety of methods.

(Jun 29) The water temperature is still around 75 degrees and fishing on the reservoir is still hit-or-miss. A few boats were having difficulty hooking into any wipers or walleye, or weren't catching very many. On the other hand, one pair of anglers landed one wiper and three walleyes each. They reported trolling a variety of lures such as Rat-L-Traps and deep-diving Rapalas at 2.7 mph. Another angler who was trolling a Rat-L-Trap at 2.5 mph caught one four-pound wiper in a little over 15 feet of water but didn't catch anything else after this. Another angler caught one fat, decent-sized walleye as their only catch for the day by trolling Shad Cranks. One angler who was trolling in the evening caught one 28-inch catfish in 10 feet of water. One angler reported sighting a very small and brief boil this week.

(Jun 23) Willard was very hit-or-miss this week. From the reports we received, anglers either had a great catch or got no bites at all. Wipers were the catch we received the most reports of this week, but recently we've received several reports of a good smallmouth bass and catfish bite as well. Trolling has been working best if you're fishing for wipers. You can use a variety of lures to catch wipers, but one group of anglers who trolled the west dike during the evening at 2.5 mph caught wipers on a blue and white deep-diving Rapala. Recently, anglers have also recommended trolling the north end of the reservoir.

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