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Revised 11-17-18


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

(Oct 23) The cooler fall temperatures are great for fishing. Try to fish in the early mornings and evenings.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Nov 8) Anglers report very slow fishing. Please let us know if you are catching any tiger muskie. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit.

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

No recent reports.

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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

(Nov 2) About 60,000 10-inch rainbow trout were stocked into Deer Creek Reservoir about two weeks ago. Water levels are low so use caution when launching boats. Anglers are doing fairly well by trolling with popgear or other minnow-imitating lures. Shore fishing is actually producing fair success as well. Most shoreline anglers are using PowerBait.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Nov 17) Fishing has been great. Boat anglers have been catching trout and a few wiper using pop gear and worms. Shore anglers have had success using PowerBait. Anglers are seeing brown trout on the south end of the lake near the inlet.

(Nov 10) Shore fishing has been good near the dam. Try using worms or PowerBait.

(Oct 26) Fishing has been good in a boat. Try using popgear and a worm or plastic minnows. Shore anglers recommend fishing off of the bottom with green, yellow or rainbow PowerBait.

(Oct 23) The surface temperature is 53F. Fishing has been good for rainbows. Anglers are catching fish from a range of sizes. A few anglers have caught larger planters at depths of 20 feet by trolling near the inlet at about 1.8-2.2 mph with Berkley Flicker Shad and the lure suspended in about 8- to 12-inch of water. Fishing is difficult for wiper. There haven't been as many of the usual signs of wiper schools.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Nov 17) The water levels are low. The reservoir is at 11 percent of capacity. Anglers have had success fishing along the shoreline and using chartreuse PowerBait.

(Nov 10) The water levels are low. The reservoir is at 11 percent of capacity. Anglers have had success fishing along the shoreline and using chartreuse PowerBait.

(Oct 26) Shore fishing is good for rainbow trout and perch. For trout, try using green-and-yellow garlic PowerBait. For perch, try using yellow jigs.

(Oct 23) The cooler fall temperatures are great for fishing. Try to fish in the early mornings and evenings.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so only small boats can be launched. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Try using yellow PowerBait or salmon eggs.

(Nov 10) Fishing for rainbow trout has been good. The Pond was recently stocked with rainbow trout averaging 9.5 inches in length. Green and orange have been reliable colors.

(Oct 26) Anglers report catching rainbow trout ranging from 8 to 12 inches. Try using pink-and-black PowerBait, spinners or Jake's Gold lures.

(Oct 23) Rainbow trout fishing is good from shore. Try using pink-and-orange Powerbait and bubble floats.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 8) Please keep in mind that Sheep Creek (the physical creek) from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. The fishing at Flaming Gorge varies, depending on which species you're targeting.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout (shorter than 25 inches) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will affect the trophy lake trout (less food to grow big fish). Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish is also a tasty meal for the dinner table.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, 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. Marabou jigs are very effective, especially in earth tones and quarter-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at depths of 20 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slowing down with the recent drop in temperatures. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are usually a good option.

Burbot: There haven't been many reports from anglers, but catch rates should improve now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50s. Typically, the highest catch rates are found near Firehole Boat Launch in late October to early November. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Try 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 of inches from the bottom.

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Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Gigliotti Pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long, and anglers have had an easy time catching these fish lately. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching rainbow trout here. This pond may soon freeze over, so use caution.

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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

(Nov 17) Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish that weigh up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Conditions should continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year.

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Nov 17) Anglers report fair fishing for a number of species at Gunnison Bend and DMAD. Try using small jigs and nightcrawlers.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Nov 17) Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Successful anglers have had luck using crank baits, spinners and rooster tails. Pink, purple and silver have been reliable colors.

(Nov 10) Fishing has been good for rainbow trout near the boat dock and boat ramp. Worms and plastic grub lures have been working well.

(Oct 23) Bass and rainbow trout fishing has been good from shore. Anglers recommend using Joe's flies spinners at night and casting about 40 feet off shore.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing has been slow at Huntington North Reservoir lately. Anglers have had some success catching rainbow trout using a size 8 bead head (white) leech in brown, as well as a bead head (copper) soft hackle fly in tan/green/pearl on the same size of hook.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 17) Anglers report good shore fishing for rainbow trout at the beach and in the south end of the reservoir. Try using green or yellow-and-garlic PowerBait, jointed jigs, spoons or worms.

(Nov 10) Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout. The reservoir was stocked on November 8 with 3,400 rainbow trout. Try using worms or green PowerBait.

(Oct 26) Hyrum Reservoir was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing from the shore or a boat on the south and southeast side of the reservoir. Bluegill, perch, bass and trout are biting. Try using suspending slash baits, cut perch meat or pink or orange PowerBait.

(Oct 23) The water temperature is 52F with visibility of five to six feet. Shore fishing has slowed down substantially, but anglers reported better fishing by boat. Bass have been hitting on the south side of the reservoir. Try using a gold Kastmaster tipped with cut perch meat. You may be able to catch perch on the northeast side of the reservoir by jigging with a spoon in about 12 feet of water.

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

(Nov 2) Water levels are low. Boat anglers report better success for trout than shore anglers. Remember that you can't keep kokanee from any Utah waters from September 10 through November 30. Besides trout, this reservoir's main species includes smallmouth bass, tiger muskies, kokanee salmon and wipers. For camping information, call the state park at 435-649-9540.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Nov 17) Fishing is good for rainbow trout off the dock. Successful anglers have been using spinners and worms.

(Nov 10) Fishing is good for bluegill and rainbow trout. Try using pink, orange or chartreuse PowerBait, worms or spinners.

(Oct 26) Anglers report fast fishing for rainbow trout using woolly buggers. For bass, try using sexy shad or robo worms.

(Oct 23) Fishing is good for rainbow trout on the north shore of the south pond. Try fishing with cheese Powerbait and chartreuse spinners.

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

(Oct 25) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet Water temperatures: 66F

We will be sampling fish with gill nets at Good Hope Bay and Rincon Monday through Friday of next week. Therefore, this will be the last regular weekly report for 2018. Each year we do gill net studies to document changes in fish populations, health indexes, and to help us understand how the fishery is doing compared to previous years. The gill netting sites include Wahweap, San Juan (Piute), Rincon and Good Hope Bay (Red Canyon). Gill netting data dates back to 1973 so there is a long history of netting data for comparison.

This week we placed nets in the San Juan from Piute Canyon toward the Great Bend. The most numerous fish species collected were gizzard shad (from 4 to 20 inches) and striped bass. Smallmouth bass numbers were below average but that may have more to do with the stormy weather or changing habitat encountered. Results from the other three stations will help us understand that more fully.

We did have some volunteers show up to help us pick fish out of a couple of nets. We politely told the two otters to leave the fish in the nets and to stop eating the tails off the smallmouth bass, which seemed to be their preferred fish. They looked quizzically at us and then went on their way to a new spot.

After the netting was completed we went fishing along the large wall on the right side before entering the Great Bend. We caught a couple of stripers trolling and a few more on spoons but catching was not fast enough. We went up the Great Bend and saw two fishing boats with anglers willing to give us fish reports. The first report indicated good smallmouth fishing along the canyon walls. The second report of a striper boil caused us to turn around and head back downstream to where the water depth in the Great Bend was 30 to 40 feet. Stripers were not boiling on the sunny side of the channel where they had been reported in the morning but we saw splashes in the shade of the afternoon sun. We chased splashes and caught 20 stripers on surface lures, crank baits and spoons. They moved quickly over a half mile area but each time we saw a splash we caught a few more fish. It was a great way to finish our last trip to the San Juan this year.

Reports from Good Hope Bay indicated slow fishing which improved with distance traveled upstream. The mudline near Trachyte produced stripers caught trolling and spooning with the best habitat being quick drop-offs where the depth quickly changed from 10 to 25 feet. The best trolling lures were purple Flicker Shad and Rattletraps and a black-backed jointed Rapala.

The crazy weather lately is very unusual for late October where calm weather is the normal. As those normal fall weather conditions return and stabilize expect fishing success to improve for all species.

For now, the best option is to target the 30 to 40 foot depth strata when looking for stripers near the back of a canyon. Trolling is the best way to find fish now but as the water cools stripers will seek deeper water and spooning will be the best technique.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Nov 17) Kens Lake was stocked on Oct. 10 with 700 rainbow trout averaging more than 11 inches long. Rattlesnake Ranch Pond was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 10. Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. Dark Canyon Lake and several others on the La Sal Mountains have been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Access to waterbodies on the La Sal mountains may be limited due to recent snowfall, and many of these waterbodies will soon freeze over.

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

(Nov 17) The water temperature is 42F. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout on the west shoreline. Try using shrimp or a worm on a jug under a bobber. Boat anglers are catching perch using curly tails and imitation minnows. For best results, fish at depths of 1.5- to two feet.

(Nov 10) Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout on the west shoreline. Try using chartreuse glitter PowerBait.

(Oct 26) Boat fishing is good for bass and rainbow trout. Try using spinners, crankbaits or woolly buggers.

(Oct 23) Fishing is fair to good for perch, bass and trout. Anglers have had the best luck using crankbaits, spinners and dark flies.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 17) Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Drifting nymphs under a strike indicator also works well.

Regulations

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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

(Nov 8) REMINDER: A rotenone treatment occurred on Oct. 1011. The reservoir is open, but fish have not been stocked yet.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Nov 17) Fishing is good for perch, crappie and largemouth bass. Try using crankbaits, sexy shad, silver minnows, Rapalas shad, soft jigs and bullet hooks.

(Nov 10) The water temperature is 52F and the water levels are low. Perch, crappie, catfish and bluegill are all active. Boat anglers recommend fishing in the narrows before the dam. Try using chartreuse or green PowerBait, micro jigs tipped with perch meat, bottom bouncers or crankbait.

(Oct 26) Anglers report catching large and smallmouth bass from the shore, and perch and crappie from a boat. Successful anglers have used soft jigs, crankbait, spinners and sexy chad. Chartreuse, black and purple have been reliable colors.

(Oct 23) The water level is low and the temperature is 53F. Boat fishing is good in the narrows. Perch, crappie and bullhead fishing is good for boat anglers on the north channel. The floating docks have been removed from the reservoir.

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

(Nov 17) The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight fish through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is still at three percent of capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes boat launching very difficult.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Bass fishing is fair to good.

Regulations

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 8) Water levels are low, but trout fishing has been good from shore.

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

(Nov 17) Fishing is good for the stocked rainbow trout. Shore anglers recommend fishing by the dam using garlic PowerBait. Boat anglers report good fishing by trolling at a depth of 20 to 25 feet with Rapalas and Jake's gold. Rainbow lures and Fish-Skull flies tipped with a worm have been working as well.

(Nov 10) Fishing is good for the stocked rainbow trout. Shore anglers recommend fishing by the dam using garlic PowerBait. Boat anglers report good fishing by trolling at a depth of 20 to 25 feet with Rapalas and Jake's gold. Rainbow lures and Fish-Skull flies tipped with a worm have been working as well.

(Oct 26) Fishing has been slow to fair. Shore anglers have had luck fishing off the dam. Fishing by boat has slowed down, but anglers are catching fish by trolling with popgear and salmon eggs. The water level is rising slowly. There are plans to put in a wedge dock once the water is high enough.

(Oct 23) Fishing is improving in the cooler fall temperatures. Try to fish in the early mornings and evenings.

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

(Nov 17) Largemouth bass fishing is fair to good. Bass are holding at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Spinnerbaits, swim baits, crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices.

Regulations

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 8) REMINDER: Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10Nov. 30. As of Nov. 6, the ranger dock was closed to public use. Rangers report that trout fishing has improved with the cooler temperatures. The reservoir's water level is holding at 64 percent, and water temperatures are hovering around 58F. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery and ensure healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, we encourage you to voluntarily release them so their population can get better established in the reservoir.

Regulations

Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 8) Shore access is scattered and nearly impossible because of the deep mud and silt. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Although the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. We encourage the public to harvest as many fish as possible. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019, and we hope to begin restoring the fishery in 2020.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Nov 2) The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout a couple weeks ago. Fishing is fair and angling pressure is light. Most anglers are using traditional baits. Beautiful setting at this Tooele County reservoir.

Regulations

Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 2) Fishing is slow now that the season has turned colder. Pressure is light. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.

Regulations

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Willard Bay

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

(Nov 17)

(Nov 10) Fishing for catfish has been fair on the Northeast side of the Reservoir from the shore or a boat. Anglers have had the best luck using a worm.

(Oct 26) Anglers report that the fishing has slowed down, but they are still catching catfish.

(Oct 23) Fishing is slow and few anglers are out fishing. The boat ramps near Eagle and Pelican Beach are closed due to low water levels.

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