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Revised 08-17-17


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WHIRLING DISEASE -- For waters indicated, please prevent the spread of WHIRLING DISEASE by cleaning mud from waders and equipment. DO NOT TRANSPORT any parts of fish caught here to other waters. Click here for DWR information.

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Bear River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Cutthroat Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) The fishing has been really slow this past week. Try using PowerBait or a Jake's lure in the morning. Remember: that the regulations about artificial fly use have changed to the regular statewide regulations.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Aug 4) Fish are very active throughout the day, so try using a gold or silver Jake's lure. You may also try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for quick results. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskie.

Regulations

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Aug 4) Wipers are super active. Anglers report catching wipers in the evening using Rapalas. For tiger muskie, or brown or rainbow trout, try using jigs or Rapalas. Biologist surveys a few weeks ago showed very active tiger muskie in good sizes.

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

(Aug 4) Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass using swimbaits. Anglers recommended Keitech Swing Impact Fat swimbaits (in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver flash minnow), Big Bite Baits swimbaits (in baby bass green flake, sunfish or silver shiner) or Lost Creek Swimmers in green pumpkin. Try fishing with these baits at a variety of depths and along rock ledges, next to points or across ambush points. When you using swimbaits, you can also try popping, ripping, splashing or using a steady retrieval. Trout fishing has been slow, but try trolling with chartreuse or neon-orange wedding rings or popgear tipped with bait.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Aug 12) Fishing for trout and wiper has been good this week, according to anglers. One shore fisher reported good afternoon fishing for rainbow trout by throwing PowerBait into deeper water. Another group of anglers did well from shore using lemon twist PowerBait and marshmallows. However, several other anglers suggested fishing in early in the morning in order to beat the crowds. If you're fishing by boat, anglers recommended using Kastmasters or pop gear with a worm. Another angler recommended fishing the west side of the reservoir.

(Aug 4) Anglers reported good fishing for trout using green or chartreuse PowerBait. Fishing has also been good for bass recently.

(Jul 21) One family had a great time catching rainbow trout, a couple of which were decent-sized (above stock). Other anglers reported similarly good catches at East Canyon, although a few said that they had almost no bites. One group of anglers reported that fishing in the morning was slow and the bite didn't turn on until the early afternoon.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Aug 12) If you just want tugs at your line, Echo is a great place to go right now. You might not be pulling in anything decent-sized, but anglers reported catching huge quantities of smaller perch and smallmouth bass. Try the rocks on the east side of the reservoir if you're fishing from the shore.

(Aug 4) The biting is still hot for anglers at Echo! Anglers continue to report catching large numbers of little smallmouth bass. Anglers have also been catching rainbow trout, perch and walleye recently. They recommend using pop gear, Rapalas, spinners and senko worms. If you're fishing from shore, try the rocks on the east side of the reservoir where anglers have been pulling in many smallmouths as well.

(Jul 21) The smallmouth bass bite continues to do well for anglers using a boat and fishing from the shore. A few groups of anglers reported catching rainbow trout this week.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 17) Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent. Anglers have observed some dead trout, which is a result of the warm water temperature. This does not mean, however, that all the trout are gone. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep.

(Jul 21) Upper reservoir: Some dead trout have been observed lately, resulting from warm water temperature. This does not mean that all the trout are gone, however. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep. Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 12) Anglers reported slow to fair fishing at the community ponds this week. If you're targeting catfish, anglers recommended using worms.

(Aug 4) Overall, fishing at the community ponds has been fair to decent. Some anglers are pulling in a few rainbow trout and catfish. PowerBait and worms are a staple at the community ponds.

(Jul 21) Fishing is slow to fair at Farmington Pond. Try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening using worms or PowerBait.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) Lake elevation: 6,034 feet and increasing

Water temperature: about 70F in the Canyon or Utah region

Kokanee Salmon: fair to good fishing. The reservoir has risen 10 feet this summer and water temperatures have now climbed to 70F. Kokanee have begun to move down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 45-80 feet and 1.6-2.0 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have been working best. Try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons to reduce catching smaller kokanee which are more abundant this year. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, meal worms, or corn.

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

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

Smallmouth Bass: good fishing. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. Try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are the best option. Try fishing depths greater than 20 feet for bigger fish.

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

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Rainbow trout are biting on worms and PowerBait. Salmon eggs have also been effective.

(Aug 4) Rainbow trout here are biting on worms and PowerBait. Salmon eggs have also been effective.

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

(Aug 17) Recent surveys have found that fish that were stocked in 2016 have spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (between four and six inches).

(Jul 21) Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Aug 17) Anglers are catching channel catfish and largemouth bass at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey in Gunnison Bend found a good number of catfish up to nine pounds in size. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

(Jul 21) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Aug 12) We have not received any angling reports from Holmes Creek Reservoir this week, but anglers have recently reporteded fair to good fishing for bass using plastics. Anglers recommended fishing as early in the morning as possible in order to beat the crowds, especially on the weekend.

(Aug 4) If you're fishing for bass, try throwing plastics. If you're targeting rainbow trout, worms and PowerBait are always good to try. You might want to consider fishing early in the morning to beat the crowds.

(Jul 21) If you want to fish somewhere close to home, the bite has been excellent at Holmes this week. Several anglers reported that they're still catching decent-sized (above stock) rainbow trout using worms or PowerBait. Bass fishing is hot as they are still on their beds. Try plastics for them. Because of the large numbers of kayakers on the pond recently, you might want to consider fishing early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 12) Recently, anglers have reported slow to fair fishing for largemouth bass using plastics. Fishing for trout continues to be slow.

(Aug 4) Anglers reported slow to fair fishing for largemouth bass. This time of year, try using top water lures for bass. Fishing is still slow for trout, but you could always try worms or PowerBait from shore.

(Jul 21) While trout fishing has been very slow, the state park reported that the bass bite is starting to pick up. Anglers are having more success using plastics to target bass.

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

(Aug 4) Anglers have been catching rainbow trout and bass. Try fishing for all species along the Rock Cliff shoreline, coves along the east side of the lake and near the Provo River inlet. For bass, try using plastic worms rigged either in a Texas rig, Carolina rig, whacky rig or nose rig. When locating bass in deeper water, use a drop shot setup and remember to adjust the distance between the rig and drop shot depending on where the fish are suspended. For trout, anglers suggest trolling at slower speeds (about 1.21.7 mph) and using wedding rings, popgear and spinnerbaits.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Aug 12) One angler reported catching a largemouth bass this week, and anglers have recently pulled in catfish and bluegill.

(Aug 4) Anglers have been pulling in catfish and bluegill from the ponds recently.

(Jul 21) Anglers reported good fishing for catfish and bluegill this week.

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

(Aug 17) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,633 feet Water temperatures: 7983F

Lake Powell is still warm on the surface (7983F), active stripers are sporadically boiling lakewide and smallmouth fishing is improving dramatically.

Striped bass are boiling over the length of the lake. The boils are larger and last longer from the mouth of the San Juan to Hite. There are commonly many schools that come to the surface and feed on shad for extended periods occurring both morning, mid-day and evening. When stripers are actively feeding on top, it is possible for anglers to stay within casting range of the schools as they pop up and down often. Sometimes they come up out of range, but other times they are close enough to make a short cast and catch many fish in a short time. One group of anglers caught over 100 stripers during a morning of fishing.

Be aware, though, that stripers often take a day off. They can boil prolifically in one spot two days in a row and then be missing completely on the third day. When they don't show up, spend time looking for another active group. Heading north from Bullfrog may be the best way to find another active school, but boils occur randomly and can be hard to predict. When stripers do not come to the surface as expected, keep a rod ready to cast while traveling up or down the lake. When the fish start to boil, get in range quickly and cast to the feeding fish. They will go down quickly and then pop back up close to spot where first seen. It is wise to travel in a pattern between the spots where you've previously seen boils. Stripers can miss a day and then come back up in the same spot where they were found a few days ago.

The boil pattern in the southern lake is very similar to that reported uplake. The exception is that boils are less abundant, quicker and the fish take more days off. On my trips uplake, I often see a few quick boils in only a spot or two. I can catch 10 to 20 fish instead of 50 to 100.

The great news lakewide is that smallmouth bass are feeding actively and are easy to catch. They were missing in action during the first part of the month. The declining lake level has allowed them to find the habitat and forage they like and to stay in it. Their prime location is along a shallow shoreline covered with brush. It is possible to find smallmouth along the tall main channel walls or in rocky coves, but the most consistent spot is along sandy flats with brush. I took my young grandson fishing and trolled along the brushy shoreline of West Canyon and Neanderthal with a lure that ran at 12 feet over the brushy bottom at 20 feet. Smallmouth were holding near the tree tops and were very excited to attack my shad lure (2.5-inch Live Target, Threadfin Shad Silver Bronze) as it swam past their bush. He caught a lot of bass.

Trolling over tree tops is a great way to find walleye as well. Now that shad are abundant, it is best to fish for walleye at first and last light. Walleye prefer to feed at night in summer conditions, but they are fat and healthy and you can catch them by trolling and casting.

Catfish are another night prowler. They are easy to catch off a sandy beach near camp or where your houseboat is parked for the night. Fish using some table scraps on a (#4) circle hook behind the boat.

Bluegill and green sunfish are active now and often use a parked houseboat for shade. Take the kids to the back of the houseboat. Put a Gulp Minnow or small worm on a tiny hook and catch some sunfish. There are still lots of things to do at Lake Powell.

(Aug 11) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,633.9 feet Water temperatures: 7983F

The lake's water level is declining slowly. It would be great if the lake stayed at or above the current level forever, but there are some advantages to declining water levels in the late summer and fall. First, the flotsam the rushed downstream with the huge runoff will be stranded on the shore, making boating much safer. Next, clean sandy beaches will be increasingly available for shore camping and daily visits to the lake.

Most important to me, with my total focus on fishing success, is that it's easier to identify fish habitat and which fish should be in each type of habitat. Bass anglers are habitat oriented as they search for the best structure that will hold the fish they want to catch. Largemouth bass are often in thick brush in relatively shallow water. Smallmouth bass will be prowling along the edges of a brushy ridge or cove. As the water declines, those habitats will be easier to find and then successfully fish.

This week, rocky points that extend out into the bay (primary points) separated by a cove or indented shoreline were the common smallmouth habitat. Smallmouth bass were consistently holding on the points and ignoring the coves. Focus on fishing the primary points, and ignoring the coves and shoreline, to catch a lot of bass. I caught a few nice smallmouth bass while fishing open water reefs looking for striper boils.

Stripers are also starting to follow the rules established over the years. Normally, stripers chase shad to the surface at first light in the morning and go quiet after about 9 a.m. We left Stateline ramp at first light, ran uplake and found boiling stripers in Warm Creek, Face Canyon, Gregory Butte main channel and mouth of Rock Creek. We did not stay long at any one spot because we wanted to see how far uplake the boils persisted.

We found stripers were still feeding quickly and stayed on top less than a minute. We ran to the feeding spot and hoped to be close enough to catch fish when the school resurfaced. If we were in range, then we caught fish. If not, we repositioned and hoped that the fish would come back in range. Our best success came when the boat was in range for the second uprising. We didn't catch many stripers when we tried the third boil from the same school. Surface lures worked better than shallow runners and spoons. Remember that as soon as the school leaves the surface, it dives for deeper water. If the school appears on the graph, you can catch more fish by dropping a small, heavy spoon to the depth indicated. One-ounce white or speckled Bomber slab spoons have been working well on the fleeing stripers.

Stripers in the southern lake are still feeding closer to the main channel than the back of the canyon. There are many more shad schools holding in the backs of the canyons, but stripers are gradually working toward the back and seem content to stay in open water until the shad disappear, at which time they will head further back in the canyon. For now, stripers are in the bays and you can see them from the main channel and main canyon mouths.

The best boil reports this week were in the main channel between the Escalante Arm and Halls Creek. The San Juan was great as well. I heard few reports from the northern lake, so the results were inconclusive. I would not be afraid to head north to Good Hope to find boiling stripers.

The only other fishing technique that was successful lakewide is downrigger trolling. Stripers quit boiling at 9 a.m. and can start up again anytime they want. When they are not boiling, they hold at 30 to 50 feet. Downriggers can deliver a shad-shaped lure to stripers at their holding depth, so you can catch them all day long while waiting for next boil. The afternoon wind prevents boils, but downriggers can overcome that as well.

(Aug 4) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,634 feet Water temperatures: 8185F

If you're shopping for the best deal on striper boils at Lake Powell, the answer is simple: the far north lake. The area from Good Hope Bay (Buoy 118) to Trachyte Canyon (Buoy 125) is the most productive. There are boils occurring every day over the length of the lake, though, so it is possible to find them anyplace and anytime. But if you asked me for a list of the top 5 boiling spots, it would look like this:

Good Hope to Trachyte
San JuanCha Canyon to Great Bend
Escalante River Arm
Rincon to Forgotten Canyon
Face Canyon to Rainbow Bridge

Wind, rain and sunshine are all factors that influence boiling activity. Wind tends to keep stripers from boiling, but when it stops the hungry stripers like to make up for lost time and feed very aggressively. Rain may keep anglers off the lake, but stripers can easily ignore rain because they are already wet! When the sun is shining brightly from dawn to dark, stripers choose their own best time to feed. They may start chasing shad at first light or sleep in until 8 a.m. before feeding. My plan, when looking for boils, is to head out at first light and cover a lot of water during the first three hours of daylight. If you don't see any boils, that makes it more likely that surface action will occur in the evening. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.

I live near the number five rated boil spot on the lake, so I am reporting for that area. Other canyons uplake are better for boils and fish caught, but similar in how to find and catch them.

Today, I headed out at first light and found a breeze blowing. According to my rules, that's not good for finding surface action. When I got to the choppy water in Padre, I stopped and trolled along the east wall in the shade. The result was one smallmouth and one striper caught in 15 minutes. That is too slow for me. The wind let up a bit, so we moved to Face Canyon.

Surface feeding stripers were in the same bay where we found them last week. The boils were very quick, averaging about 25 seconds from beginning to end. If we moved close enough to the previous boil and they came back up again in casting range, then we would catch a fish. Usually we arrived at the boil with the water still trembling on top, but the fish were gone. We chased five or six quick boils, caught four fish and moved on.

At Buoy 25, we saw a quick rise now and then but never got in casting range. We didn't see or catch any fish at the mouth of West and Dove, so we went to Friendship Cove. It was calm and quiet there, but no fish. We got a report from a wave runner Captain that there had been a huge boil there at 7 a.m. We missed it.

We decided to take one look in Rock Creek and then head back. It was 10 a.m. and way too late for morning boils. The mouth of the three Rock Creeks has been a good boil spot over the years, so we went there. We were very surprised to see the biggest boil of the morning against the wall between Main Rock and Middle Rock. Then the fish came up in the middle of the bay. The next boil was on the east wall of Dry Rock. This bay was the best spot of the day and we quickly caught 20 fish on topwater lures in less than an hour.

Surface feeding stripers can come up at any time or place. The shad in their stomachs were two to three inches long, which means these fish need to boil to catch fast moving shad. They go down quickly because the surface temperature of the water is 84 degrees, which was too warm for the two- to three-pound stripers to stay on top for long. They dive quickly to deep water to cool off, and then pop back up again to eat more shad. We haven't seen stripers in the superb physical condition of those we caught today since 2016. They are fat again.

We saw many, and caught a few, smallmouth bass in the rock slide areas of Rock Creek. As the lake level declines, bass fishing will get back to normal with bass occupying habitat that is easy to find.

Fishing success is amazing! When you stick with it and keep trying, the result is a fun day of fishing, a good catch and the memorable red rock walls and blue water. I love this place!

(Jul 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishing is improving as the summer moves on.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Aug 17) Dons, Hidden, Oowah and Warner lakes in Grand County were stocked with rainbow trout in late July. Oowah and Warner lakes received another stocking of rainbow trout on Aug. 8. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners to catch trout at these lakes.

(Aug 4) Dons, Hidden, Oowah and Warner lakes in Grand County were all stocked with rainbow trout in late July. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners here.

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

(Aug 12) One angler reported that boat fishing was good in Mantua. Anglers also did well from the shore, catching a few rainbow trout and perch using PowerBait and worms respectively. The perch were especially willing to strike, according to one group of anglers.

(Aug 4) Anglers have recently done well for largemouth bass. Try using plastics, spinnerbaits or jigs. Fishing has been a bit tough from the shore this week, according to anglers.

(Jul 21) Anglers reported that the fishing overall has been better in the morning. Shore fishing for tiny perch and sunfish is still good, but fishing for more substantial bluegills has been poor according to anglers. Largemouth bass fishing has recently been fair to good.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Aug 17) Trout fishing has slowed down in the heat of the summer. You can catch come trout by trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can can catch them by trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found a fair number of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, and there is an abundance of four- to six-pound fish. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds

(Jul 21) Trout fishing has slowed down with the heat of the summer. Some trout can be caught trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with 4- to 6-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds.

Regulations

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 17) Anglers are catching wipers fishing at night from the shore with anchovies or other cut bait. Smallmouth bass are active, and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle.

(Jul 21) Wipers are being caught on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

Regulations

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

(Aug 4) Fly fishermen are using a range of patterns, from dry flies to nymphs to tiny jigs. Those using spinning gear are throwing a worm or a 2-inch PowerBait Power Grub on a No. 12 hook. If you're looking for larger bass, try casting a weedless frog pattern among the reeds early or late in the day. Limits have been liberalized: you can keep 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

(Aug 12) We received a mixture of angling reports this week. Some anglers reported decent fishing for tiger muskie and bass, while others had no luck at all. One angler who fished Pineview early in the morning reported catching a large tiger muskie and a few bass. Another angler caught a large bass on the east side of the reservoir. Overall, anglers who fished from a boat this week reported more success than shore fishers.

(Aug 4) Fishing at Pineview is slow to fair at the moment. Anglers have reported fewer and fewer success these past few weeks, and this week there are even more reports of anglers getting skunked at Pineview. One angler caught a single crappie, another caught a small tiger muskie, while others caught nothing. Anglers fishing the north side of the reservoir reported less success than those fishing over toward the dam.

(Jul 21) If you haven't caught a tiger muskie yet, don't give up! Anglers have reported success with big lures like a perch-pattern Rapala, a jerkbait, or a large spinner. Keep casting in shallow water. Anglers recommended fishing from a boat or kayak to improve your chances of success. This week, three different anglers reported success with the perch-pattern Rapala in particular.

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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

(Aug 17) The reservoir is dropping rapidly and is currently at 9 percent capacity. A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite the near-draining of the reservoir last year. Trout numbers are very low right now.

(Jul 21) A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite near draining last year. Trout numbers are very low right now and the reservoir level is dropping rapidly.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 17) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for technique and tackle recommendations. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and the pleasure boat traffic.

(Jul 21) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) Fishing is hot. Yellow perch and the stocked eight-inch stocked wipers are active and biting. Biologists finished a population survey this week and discovered that some of the wipers have reached almost 19 inches. Please keep larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Anglers have been actively catching wipers, walleye, yellow perch and black crappie from the shoreline and on boats. Try fishing from the shoreline at mid-day with rooster tails or Jake's lures tipped with bait. In the evening, anglers are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the brush creek stream inlet and in the back of many of the coves.

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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

(Aug 12) Anglers are still reporting good to hot fishing at Rockport both by boat and from shore. One angler who caught a large number of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass from a boat also observed several shore fishers having success on the east side of the reservoir. Try using Berkeley Power Eggs, PowerBait, Kastmasters or pop gear with a worm.

(Aug 4) Fishing overall has been good to hot at Rockport for bass and trout. One angler reported catching eight bass in about an hour by fishing on the south end of the reservoir from a boat. Several other groups of anglers caught stringers full of decent-sized trout. PowerBait was doing quite well at Rockport this week.

(Jul 21) Anglers are doing extremely well at Rockport both from the shore and by boat. One group of anglers had an excellent experience catching tons of perch and smallmouth bass. For both types of fish, they used a nightcrawler tipped with a salmon egg. They also caught perch using a Ratfinkee tipped with a Berkeley Gulp one-inch minnow in shad color. They were fishing right off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Another group of anglers caught a large number of fish by casting about 30 feet out from the shore.

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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

(Aug 17) Largemouth bass are very active and various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swimbaits, spinner baits, dropshots and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

(Jul 21) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The "Ned" rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) Walleye and kokanee fishing is still great! Try trolling with a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. Please keep your limit of walleye from 10 to 18 inches. This will help the yellow perch population. Try fishing in 10 to 25 feet of water using jig heads tipped with worms, or with Rapalas. These walleye are very aggressive and will bite almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers recommend sizes 6-8 beadhead leeches and olive, black and orange, or purple buggers. The water temperature is 73F and the visibility is six or seven feet. Division biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and into Starvation to establish a new population of the forage fish. If you catch crappie, please release to help establish a population.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) The summer irrigation season has started, and the water level is dropping. Bluegill fishing is still fast for anglers fishing from boats. For decent-sized bluegill, try fishing along the northern shoreline. For largemouth bass, try along the rocky shore on the reservoir's east side. Try using small tube jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8-15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you can use a casting bubble or a slip bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Note: The DWR has issued an emergency change that removes fish limits at Steinaker. You're welcome to keep all of the fish you catch. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 and will likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing Steinaker down this year, and in 2018, so the dam can be repaired. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool, and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Aug 4) Fishing has slowed down for all species. The peak of the kokanee season is coming to an end as we near the spawning season in the next month. For kokanee, try using orange, pink and chartreuse squids with neutral colored dodgers. Anglers are catching kokanee in two zones: 29 to 32 feet of water and 38 to 42 feet of water. Fishing is better for anglers trolling at 1.3 to 1.6 mph in the early to mid-morning. Cutthroat have been hitting on neon colored wedding rings and popgear tipped with a grub or nightcrawler. For cutthroat, anglers recommend trolling near the knolls, Mud Creek or Jake's Bay. For rainbows, try using nightcrawlers tipped with a marshmallow or lime-twist PowerBait. You may also want to try pink and white curly tail grubs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Aug 4) The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a moderate algal bloom warning advisory for the lake. Use extreme caution because the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Anglers have been catching 25 to 32 inch channel catfish using nightcrawlers, chicken gizzards and stink bait. To avoid losing your chicken gizzards, try encasing the chicken liver using panty hose and then tie it to your live bait hook.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Aug 17) Largemouth bass and bluegill are active and providing good to excellent fishing using jigs and minnow imitations. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring.

(Jul 21) The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill.

Willard Bay

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

(Aug 12) According to anglers, the fishing for catfish wasn't as hot as it was last week, although several people still reported catching a few. Anglers also reported fair to good fishing for walleye. Wiper reports have been very hit-or-miss. Reporting anglers who did catch wipers said that they were using mussels. Anglers have not reported any boils.

(Aug 4) Fishing was hot for catfish as several groups of anglers reported bringing in catfish that were 18-24 inches in length. Many successful anglers started fishing very early in the morning. Worms worked very well for catching catfish. Reports related to wiper were much less consistent, with a few anglers bringing in their limit of wiper and others reporting that they were skunked. For those who did land some wiper, mussels did well.

(Jul 21) Anglers reported catching more catfish than wiper. Some anglers are doing well for wiper while others are only coming back with catfish. A shore fisher caught a very large wiper by paying attention to a boil that was approaching off of the shore. However, we have not received very many reports of boil sightings from anglers this week. Anglers had good success fishing off of the west side of the reservoir in the early morning. Another angler, who was trolling, caught two nice-sized wiper and a few catfish, while another said that 1.5 mph was the ideal speed to troll. Try a silver spoon, blue-and-white shad pattern lures or a perch-pattern Rapala

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