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Revised 09-14-18


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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.

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Sep 14) Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. Remember that you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques.

(Sep 1) Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. Remember that you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches.

Regulations

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Sep 14) Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing down because of the cooler overnight temperatures. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches.

(Sep 1) Wiper fishing continues to be fast, especially in the evening. Remember that you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches.

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

(Sep 14) Recreational traffic has begun to subside. Anglers are catching walleyes, 16–18 inch rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. For walleye, try trolling a Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harness or jigging a VMC Neon Moon Eye jig with a chartreuse shad, smelt or watermelon pearl 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For smallmouth, try drop shotting a Gary Yamato Senko in watermelon moon dust or green pumpkin in a wacky rig and bounce it across the bottom. You may also want to try a Keitech Swing Impact swimbait in green pumpkin chartreuse, male perch or black shad in a Carolina rig and slowly move it across the bottom. For trout, try trolling at 1.8–2.2 mph with the lure suspended in 20–30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen Bolo Flex-I-Troll, a Worden's Flatfish or a black silver, blue smelt, clear or pearl white Berkley Flicker Shad.

(Aug 24) There is a lot of recreational traffic, especially on the weekends. Anglers are catching 14- to 16-inxh smallmouth bass and assorted sized rainbows. For smallmouth, try using a Gary Yamato Senko in watermelon moon dust, natural shad, or green pumpkin in a wacky rig with a 1/0 Gamakatsu drop shot hook and bounce it across the bottom, or try a Keitech Swing Impact swimbait in green pumpkin chartreuse, male perch, or black shad in a Carolina rig and slowly move it across the bottom. For trout, try trolling at 1.8-2.2 mph with the lure suspended in 22 to 26 feet of water. Try using Mack's Lures Smile Blades, Luhr-Jensen School-O-Minnows Lake Trolls with a nightcrawler, or Mack's Lures Wedding Rings. For those fishing from shore, target locations where you can fish in about 25 to 30 feet of water and use a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow or PowerBait Trout Nibbles.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Sep 14) Anglers are reporting good fishing for trout and limiting out most days. Wiper fishing has been hit and miss. Some anglers have been using Pop Gear and worm. Two anglers caught eight trout and four wipers earlier this week.

(Sep 7) One angler reports that fishing has slowed down, though he did catch smallmouth bass using Strike King Bitsy Minnows in Firetiger and Charteuse colors. You can also try using Mepps spinners and Blue Fox Spinners in firetiger colors.

(Sep 1) Angler report good fishing for smallmouth and wipers using chartreuse-colored beadhead woolly buggers with propeller, and olive beadhead woolly buggers with propeller. Also, try using Mepps and Blue Fox spinners in Firetiger colors. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Sep 14) Perch fishing is good from shore. Successful anglers were using a jig with perch meat and a yellow florescent jig. With the boat ramp now closed there are fewer boats, more small boats and kayaks. Shoreline fishing has been successful for bass, trout and perch. The State Park pulled the docks for this boating season.

(Sep 7) The ramp is out of the water and there is a drop off. The left side is closed because of the large drop off. The right side isn't closed, but if you still want to try to launch, it would be at your own risk because there is a drop off. The state park has pulled the docks for this boating season.

(Sep 1) Water levels are low. Some anglers are reporting poor boat launching conditions at the main boat ramp.

(Aug 24) Fishing is good, but there was only one boat on the reservoir on the afternoon of August 22.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) The 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. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

(Aug 24) 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

(Sep 14) The fishing for small bluegill has been good this week, so take some kids and catch some while the weather is still warm. Use either a worm and bobber or a gold-ribbed hare's ear rigged behind a bubble. The last catfish stocking of the year was last week. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September as the weather cools.

(Sep 7) The last catfish stocking of the year took place this week. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September when the weather cools.

(Sep 1) Watch the stocking report as one more catfish stocking is planned before fall trout stocking resumes.

(Aug 24) With the warm weather, try fishing evenings or mornings for trout. More catfish will be stocked before trout stocking resumes this fall.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60–100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with 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 spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are 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 small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30–40 feet.

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

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 35–45 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.

(Sep 1) Sheep Creek is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

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 high catch rates were reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. Use a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker or chub meat. If trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish when targeting small, aggressive lake trout. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are 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 small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from September 10 through November 30. Fishing has been slow but steady at 40-75 feet with downriggers. Colors and lures have become more variable as well. Pink has been a go-to color this season, but recent reports of good catches have come on multi colored, green, white and even spinner blades in brass. Successful reports are coming from Anvil Draw to Buckboard. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality because of warm water and air temperatures. When water temperatures are above 70 degrees F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: 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 effective in earth tones and 1/4-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 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Recently high catch rates have been reported using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with 3- to 4-inch dark curly tails or worms on 1/8 jig head. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earthtone colors.

Burbot: 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 or chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) 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.

(Sep 1) The Division most recently stocked about 750 rainbow trout averaging almost 11 inches long on June 13. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here.

(Aug 24) The pond was most recently stocked on June 13 with about 750 rainbow trout that averaged almost 11 inches long. To catch them, try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait.

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

(Sep 7) 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 and medium-sized largemouth bass (10–12 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

(Aug 24) 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

(Sep 7) Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with night crawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

(Aug 24) Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success 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

(Sep 14) This week the bass were hitting top water. Try poppers or buzz-baits. Try evenings and mornings. Remember that a free Walk-In Access permit is required to fish on this privately owned reservoir.

(Sep 1) Remember, a free Walk-In Access permit is required to fish on this privately owned reservoir. Trout stocking usually resumes in October. Anglers report good fishing for small bluegill.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass at Huntington North lately. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try using a size 10 bead head olive tinsel soft hackle fly or a size 6 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger on fast-sinking line. The rainbow trout have mostly been between 18 and 19 inches long. Anglers have also reported that midges and damsel flies have been plentiful at this reservoir, so lures that imitate those might be effective. Huntington North Reservoir was stocked with about 10,000 channel catfish on Aug. 22.

(Sep 1) Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass at Huntington North lately. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try using a size 8 bead head soft hackle fly in tan. An electrofishing survey conducted this summer at Huntington North produced several wipers along the shallow shorelines, all over 18 inches long. The largest wiper was 25 inches long and nearly eight pounds. Biologists also found several sunfish and largemouth bass on the rocky slopes. The Division stocked about 10,000 channel catfish on Aug. 22.

(Aug 24) Anglers have been catching bluegill, rainbow trout and bass. The best fishing has been in 15 to 25 feet of water. If you'd like to use fly tackle, try a size 8 bead head soft-hackle fly in tan. A recent electrofishing survey at Huntington North produced several wipers along the shallow shorelines. All of the fish were more than 18 inches long. The largest wiper was 25 inches long and weighed nearly eight pounds. Biologists also found several sunfish and largemouth bass.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Fishing is starting to pick up with lower water temperatures. Anglers report catching smaller size perch. Water levels are low so launch boats at your own risk.

(Sep 7) One angler reports doing really well catching bass, perch and a few trout using Strike King Bitsy Minnows in firetiger and charteuse colors. Also using Mepps spinners and Blue Fox Spinners in firetiger colors.

(Sep 1) Anglers fishing from boats report success for bluegill and 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

(Sep 14) Recreational traffic has still been heavy on the weekends. Anglers are catching various sizes of smallmouth bass, 16-inch rainbow trout, 13–15 inch wipers, and 6–8 inch perch. For smallmouth bass, try drop shotting a Gary Yamato Senko or jigging a neon-colored jighead with a 2.5-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow. For wipers, try using a 1/16-ounce jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, and jig right off the bottom. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon until November 30.

(Aug 24) There is still a lot of recreational traffic, especially on the weekends, but fishing is productive. Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, and 14- to16-inch rainbows. The kokanee salmon bite is beginning to slow down, but anglers are having success trolling at 1.5 mph with the lure suspended in 50 feet of water. Try using light pink or white squids with a pink or silver dodger tipped with pink Berkley Gulp! maggots. For smallmouth, try using try using a Gary Yamato Senko in watermelon moon dust, natural shad, or green pumpkin in a wacky rig and bounce it across the bottom, or try a Keitech Swing Impact swimbait in green pumpkin chartreuse, male perch, or black shad in a Carolina rig and slowly move it across the bottom.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Sep 1) Trout stocking usually resumes in late September as the weather cools. Target catfish by using baits.

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

(Sep 14) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,595 feet Water temperatures: 75–80°F

Spoon up some stripers!

Lake Powell continues to drop about a foot per week. The Castle Rock Cut should be passable for another two months. It was recently announced that a High Flow Experiment (HFE) will occur during the first week of November. At that time the outflow from the dam will increase dramatically to move sediment from the river bottom to the river banks further downstream. This event improves habitat for native fish in the river and in backwaters. It is likely that the Castle Rock Cut will no longer be open after the HFE event occurs.

The big news now is that striper schools are actively chasing shad schools in deep, open water. That means it is time to pull out the jigging spoons and start fishing in deep water in the canyons and main channel. If you are lucky it is still possible to see a quick striper boil. You may be able to get to the school quickly and catch some fish on top water lures. More importantly a surface feeding event marks the spot where large schools of stripers are holding in deeper water. Get to the boil site as quickly as possible and if the fish have gone down, deploy spoons into the depths, let the spoon hit bottom and then speed reel the spoon back to the boat.

Speed Reeling definition: When the lure hits bottom start reeling the spoon as fast as physically possible. If fish are seen on the graph at a certain depth, pause and jig a few times at the suspected holding depth. Then continue reeling very fast until you are sure that the spoon is above the holding depth of the school. Retrieve the spoon, cast again, then repeat the retrieval process.

If you don’t see boils, use the graph to search for a large striper school, which may be holding somewhere between 30 and 90 feet of water. When a striper school is detected, stop quickly and drop spoons immediately. Let the spoon hit bottom to help you know where the spoon is in relation to the fish. If the school is 10 feet off the bottom than reel up four turns and start jigging the spoon up three feet and letting it fall back down three feet. Stripers often follow the spoon and then hit as it falls. It is more likely to feel the fish as you jig upwards instead of feeling the fish hit the lure as it falls. A hooked striper excites the other fish in the school as they see the fish swimming with a ‘shad’ in its mouth. The school follows the hooked fish looking for more food. It is often possible to “lead” a striper school that follows the boat. When a fish is caught, unhook the fish as quickly as possible, and return the spoon to the water immediately to keep the school under the boat and actively engaged in searching for more shad. It is not unusual to lead a striper school for over an hour as the boat drifts with the breeze, while catching 50 or more stripers in one drift.

Spooning hotspots recently include Knowles Canyon, Good Hope Bay, Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay, Piute Canyon in the San Juan, 50 Mile Canyon in the Escalante, and Oak Canyon upstream from Rainbow Bridge.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent lake wide. Dropshot rigged Yamamoto Shad-shaped worms and other plastic baits are working well all day along the shoreline. Look for long rocky points that reach out into the lake at the new lower water levels we are now dealing with. Bass will be holding at 10-20 feet at the end of the point and also at the same depth perpendicular to the point.

Most fish are perking back up now that the water temperature is dropping into the mid 70s in the morning. Expect to still catch a few largemouth bass, bluegill, walleye and catfish while fishing for your favorite species of fish.

(Sep 7) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,596 feet Water temperatures: 76–80°F

The air temperature is cooling down now that September is here. Water temperature is following suit. That cooling makes it easier for stripers to stay near the surface and boil on a shad school. The surface feeding activity that was confined to the northern half of the lake is now a thing of the past. Boils are now reported from Wahweap to the Good Hope Bay.

This week, expect to see some surface activity in the southern lake from Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge. There were recent reports of boiling stripers in Ice Cream Canyon (Wahweap Bay), Padre Bay and the mouth of Rock Creek. Generally, this means that it is possible to find surface feeding fish anywhere and at any time of day. Unfortunately, the surface action only last for a short time. Throw topwater lures into the boiling fish as long as they stay up. A good school may boil for 10-15 minutes which means you can catch 10 or more from that single event. More often they only stay up for 5 minutes or less.

Do not be discouraged when they go down quickly. Treat the surface activity as a marker buoy. Head to the spot and watch the graph intently. These surfacing stripers are searching for shad to eat and not finding that many in the southern lake. When they go down they are still searching for food. Find the school on the graph and drop spoons to the hungry fish and get ready for some incredible fish-catching action. Spoons resemble shad that stripers are searching for so they respond quickly to your bait. The striper school follows any fish with a shad [or spoon] in its mouth so they will stay under the boat as long as the spoons keep dropping. The action can be as intense as fishing a surface boil. Watch the graph for the visual effect that surface fishing offers. Unhook the fish quickly, immediately drop the spoon back down to find another hungry fish.

Spoons that work well include Kastmasters, Fle Fly, Real Image and Colt Sniper. These long thin spoons are 'slab spoons' which all work well for hungry stripers. If the striper school is holding at 30 feet, drop the spoon to 40 feet and then reel it up through the feeding fish. If no fish hit the lure after coming up 20 feet then drop again to 40 feet. Try to keep the spoon in the school as long as possible so the fish can see it and quickly get to it. Spooning is the best way to catch a bunch a stripers in a very short time.

Smallmouth bass are observing the feeding stripers and get very excited about their feeding behavior. If shad, spoons, crank baits, or surface lures come near, smallmouth bass will join in on the action. Bass fishing is excellent right now as water temperature drops and stripers drive shad toward the shoreline.

Do not be surprised if walleye, largemouth bass, sunfish and bluegill are caught at the same time all the smallmouth and striper activity is occurring. The summer boating crowds are now declining. Water and air temperature are falling. The lake is now heading to excellent fishing success such as that seen in April and May. The best time to fish in the Fall is from September 15th to October 15th. The fun times are right around the corner. Come and join in on the fun.

(Aug 24) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,599 feet Water temperatures: 78–83°F

Fishing is picking up over the length of Lake Powell. The southern lake is providing decent bait fishing and successful deep water trolling for stripers. Bass fishing is good lake wide. Here are the details.

It is critically important to begin fishing as early as possible. Smallmouth bass are still responding to surface lures at first light. Stripers are most active for the first two hours of daylight. They can be caught on bait, deep trolling and an occasional small boil. Regardless of the technique the results at 6 a.m. far outweigh the catch that happens at 10 a.m. with the same effort. The first rule is to go early.

The next rule is to head north. Best fishing success on Lake Powell is in Good Hope Bay. The upper San Juan is good at times, as is the Escalante. However, Good Hope Bay is the best. Good Hope has the biggest shad population, and therefore the most striped bass that spend their lives in pursuit of shad.

A typical day at Good Hope begins with an occasional striper boil, but more often there are individual stripers chasing shad that can be seen jumping when looking toward the sunrise. These small splashes are backlit by the rising sun and easy to see over long distances. Cruise toward the splashes and throw surface lures when in range. Catching fish on top is the best, but watching the graph is critical if catching a bunch of fish is the goal. Down below the jumping fish are huge schools of stripers moving silently while waiting to interact with a deep shad school. When the big striper school is seen, drop spoons into the school for quick results. The schools are often suspended so it is important to know the depth of the spoon. The best way is to drop the spoon to the bottom and then speed reel back to the school. If the bottom is at 90 feet and the school is at 50 feet reel up 40 feet and then start jigging. This is easier said than done. Luckily, speed reeling works well on searching stripers. They often tell you when the spoon is at the right depth by biting the lure.

Deep trolling is working well with the best depth being from 15-30 feet. Holding stripers are found in this range and will hit trolled lures moving at the depth schools are holding. Watch the graph and adjust the trolling depth to match the holding depth of striper schools. While trolling other fish like walleye, catfish, and bass will participate. Last week there was a 34-pound striper caught on Lake Canyon Wall, using the deep trolling technique while the lucky angler was trolling from a jet ski!

Lake Powell has an amazing year round fishery.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Sep 14) 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 both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these.

(Sep 1) Dons Lake and Hidden Lake were both stocked with more than 700 rainbow trout on July 9. The Division stocked Kens Lake, Rattlesnake Ranch Pond and several others on the La Sal Mountains with several thousand rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches in length so far this year. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners to catch these.

(Aug 24) 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.

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

(Sep 14) Anglers report decent fishing for bass in the evenings.

(Sep 1) Anglers report slow fishing. There's a lot of moss and low water levels. Some anglers report success catching bluegill and largemouth. One angler reported doing well using a chartreuse colored beadhead woolly bugger with propeller, and olive beadhead woolly bugger with propeller. Also, try using Mepps and Blue Fox spinner in Firetiger colors.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 7) Fishing is fair for trout. Trout have moved away from shorelines, so boats and float tubes are producing 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 the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good success.

(Aug 24) Fishing is fair for trout. Trout have moved away from shorelines so boats and float tubes are producing 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. You'll find the best wiper fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good fishing.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up.

(Aug 24) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth and wipers too.

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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

(Sep 14) The lake will be treated with rotenone on October 10–11, 2018. Limits have been liberalized, so you can keep 12 largemouth bass and there is no limit on bluegill. The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing is excellent on warm days. Anglers report catching very large catfish a couple weeks ago. Try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds or fish the outskirts of the high vegetation on the east side.

(Sep 1) The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing still continues to be excellent on warm days. Anglers also reported catching very large catfish a couple weeks ago. Try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds or fish the outskirts of the high vegetation on the east side. Due to a treatment that is scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass, and there's no limit on bluegill.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Sep 1) Anglers report some success for nice-sized smallmouth and largemouth bass. Try using spinner baits or crayfish grubs like gitzits or beavertails. One angler reported having success fishing in the morning for bass using pop gear with a worm. Anglers are reporting good success for perch up to eight inches long.

(Aug 24) Fishing is good. Try using spinner baits or crafish grubs like gitzits or beavertails. Boating recreation use is slowing down during the week.

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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

(Sep 7) The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 1 percent capacity with a depth of less than 10 feet. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult.

(Aug 24) The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 3 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout, so it may be worth trying to fish before the reservoir is drained completely. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes launching a boat very difficult.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 7) Bass fishing is fair to good.

(Aug 24) Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may have success fishing for the crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

(Sep 1) Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may have success fishing for the crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. 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

(Sep 14) The launch ramp is open and the docks are in the water. The right side of the boat ramp is closed. The left side of the boat ramp reached its pitch change. Those launching will have to back their truck in further and will notice more silt on the ramp itself. There is no algae bloom in Rockport Reservoir at this time.

(Sep 7) The launch ramp is open and the docks are in the water, however, the right side of the boat ramp is closed. The left side of the boat ramp has reached its pitch change. Those launching will have to back their truck in further and will notice more silt on the ramp itself. There is no algae bloom in Rockport Reservoir.

(Sep 1) Shore fishing for trout has been slow. Anglers report good fishing for trout with a popgear and worm rig. Fishing can be good this time of year for small smallmouth bass using silver blue fox, silver and gold spinners and Kastmaster.

(Aug 24) Fishing is fair. There were no boats on the reservoir in the middle of this week.

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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

(Sep 7) Most quality sized bass have headed for deep water to escape the heat. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

(Aug 24) Anglers report fair to good fishing with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Bass are being caught 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 the pleasure boat traffic.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Remember: You may may not possess kokanee salmon until December 1. The ranger dock is closed to public use. The water level is at 62 percent and falling. The water temperature is hovering around 65 degrees. Some anglers have reported debris from the fire that may create water hazards, so use caution when boating on the south side of the reservoir. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts at the reservoir and to target the smaller walleye. Fly anglers recommend using fast sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique as from a boat (jighead and worm) and just fish in the evening and after the sun goes down. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. You can also try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for the walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish.

(Sep 1) Remember, anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from September 10 through November 30. The Starvation Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament will be taking place on Sept. 1 from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. The reservoir water level is at 64 percent and dropping, with water temperatures hovering around 65 degrees. Some anglers have reported debris from the fire that may create water hazards, so take caution when boating on the south side of the reservoir. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts at the reservoir and to target the smaller walleye. Fly anglers recommend using fast sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique as from a boat (jighead and worm) and just fish in the evening and after the sun goes down. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. You can also try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for the walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) It is nearly impossible to access the shore due to deep mud and silt. Launch at your own risk from the ramp. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. 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. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020.

(Sep 1) Shore access is nearly impossible because of deep mud and silt. The ramp is open to hand-launch vessels, but launch at your own risk. State Parks rangers recommend that boaters with trailered vessels refrain from launching on the ramp due to the rate of water loss and silt issues. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. 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. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown 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

(Sep 14) Fishing for cutthroats has been fairly productive. Anglers are catching 17–21 inch cutthroats and 14-inch rainbow trout. Try using a 1/2-inch nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow and fish in about 25–30 feet of water. For those that are trolling, try trolling at 1.8–2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 20–30 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen Jack-O-Diamonds Flex-I-Troll, Worden's Flatfish, Berkley Surge Shad Jointed or a Luhr-Jensen Needelfish spoon. Then, scent with Pro-Cure Garlic Plus or Carp Spit super gel. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon until November 30.

(Aug 24) Fishing has slowed down for kokanee, but anglers are catching 17- to 21-inch cutthroats regularly. For trout, try trolling at 1.8-2.2 mph with the lure suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Try using Berkley Flicker Shad Pro Slicks, Rapala BX Swimmers, or Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle pink, orange, or white squids with a neutral colored dodger.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Anglers are catching 25-inch and larger channel catfish, carp, walleye and white bass. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers, Magic Catfish Bait, chicken livers encased in nude nylon or shrimp soaked in chicken blood. Lindon Harbor and Lincoln Beach are still closed due to an algae bloom.

(Aug 24) Anglers are catching 25-inch (and larger) channel catfish, carp, and white bass. Fishing at night has proved the most productive for catching catfish. For catfish, try using chicken livers encased in nude nylon, shrimp soaked in chicken blood, or white bass cut bait. Due to the recent algal bloom advisories, the Lindon Harbor and Lincoln Beach are closed.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 7) The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, so it is possible to launch. Fishing is fair for largemouth 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.

(Aug 24) The water level is below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, and launching is possible. Fishing is fair for largemouth 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

(Sep 14) Anglers report slow fishing for wipers from a boat using shad type lures. Anglers are still reporting decent fishing for catfish.

(Sep 7) Anglers report good fishing for catfish.

(Sep 1) One angler reported good night fishing right after dark for catfish. Between two anglers, they caught 11 nice sized catfish in two hours. Another angler reported slow fishing while trolling for half a day. Anglers trolled using lures and caught a two good-sized catfish and wipers.

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