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Revised 06-16-17


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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

(Jun 16) The rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have been successful with PowerBait, and/or a Jake's lure. Bowfishing for carp in the northwest shallows of the lake has produced some very large fish.

(Jun 4) The rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have been successful with PowerBait, and/or a Jake's lure. Bowfishing for carp in the northwest shallows of the lake has produced some very large fish.

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Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Jun 16) The fish are active, so try using a Jake's lure, 1/8-ounce in gold or silver. You should also try traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results.

(Jun 4) Fish are starting to feed, so try using a Jake's lure, 1/8 ounce in gold or silver. You may also try using traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results.

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Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jun 16) Anglers are catching wipers on Rapalas in the evening. Try using jigs or Rapalas to target the tiger muskies, brown trout and rainbow trout.

(Jun 4) Anglers are catching wipers on Rapalas in the evening. Try using jigs or Rapalas to target the tiger muskies, brown trout and rainbow trout.

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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

(Jun 4) Anglers have been consistently catching rainbows, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye. For smallmouth, try using darker colored Kalin's curly tail grubs, Gary Yamamoto Senkos, Berkley PowerBait Finesse Worms or YUM Christie Craws on a 1/8 to 1/4-ounce jighead. For largemouth, try using Gary Yamamoto Senkos, Booyah Pond Magic spinnerbaits, Luck E Strike Square-Bill crankbaits or dark-colored Pepper jigs.

(May 26) Angling pressure has been steady, and anglers have been catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 21-inch browns, walleye and smallmouth bass. There have been reports of smallmouth bass showing spawning behavior, but you can expect the spawn to begin in early June. For smallmouth bass, try fishing near Rainbow Bay and around the island. Look for shallow flats that extend out towards deeper waters. When fishing plastics for smallmouth bass, try using curly tail grubs, stick worms, crawfish pattern, and tube jigs with a 1/8- to 1/4-ounce jighead. You can also try using minnow-imitating lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits for smallmouth bass. Anglers have had success trolling for rainbows and browns using popgear with a Mack's Wedding Ring Spinner tipped with a nightcrawler or while jigging a Live Yellow Perch Rapala.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Jun 9) The water is warming up quickly. Anglers report fair to good fishing for trout and bass. One angler caught a few nice-sized trout before 8 a.m., but anglers fishing later in the day varied in their success. Try using a black woolly bugger, garlic PowerBait or pop gear with a worm.

(Jun 4) Fishing is good to hot at East Canyon this week for both rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Anglers reported catching their limit within an hour or two, primarily by trolling. Anglers report catching fish only 20-30 feet from shore.

(May 26) The reservoir is full and water is flowing through the spillway. One angler reported good fishing this week. Recently, Rapalas and PowerBait (garlic and corn) have been effective.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Jun 9) One angler reported catching a large number of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass from a boat. Another caught several smallmouth bass using spinners.

(Jun 4) Anglers report excellent fishing for rainbow trout both in terms of size and number caught. Anglers were also doing well for smallmouth bass. One angler reported catching several by boat using a senko worm on a light Texas rig.

(May 26) Fishing was decent overall, but better for those on boats. Anglers reported catching 14-19 inch trout on PowerBait (pink or green) and gold spoons.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) The lower reservoir is full, and the upper reservoir has more water than we have seen in several years. Fishing for trout has been better in the lower reservoir lately. Algae is making shore fishing a little tougher in the upper reservoir, so fish off steeper shorelines or keep your bait off the bottom. Smallmouth bass are getting active. Target rocky shorelines and cast curly tail grubs in dark colors or troll flashy lures. A recent monitoring survey in the upper reservoir found abundant, healthy rainbows. Most were 12 to 16 inches, with a few larger fish also available.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jun 9) The water is high, murky and cold, and anglers haven't been getting any bites.

(Jun 4) The water is high, murky and cold. Anglers did not report any bites.

(May 26) Fishing has been slow during the day, but decent in the early mornings and late evenings. Worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs are simple, affordable ways to catch fish here.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 16) The water level is at 6,028 feet and increasing. The water temperature is about 65 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. All launches are open.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. The reservoir has risen six feet this spring and water temperatures have climbed to 65 degrees F. The kokanee have started to move down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well during midday along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 40 to 50 feet and 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) work best. Tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. Fishing is good in the canyon along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 10 to 20 feet deep along the shoreline. Watch for concentrations of rainbow trout on the fish finder, and vertically jig with small jigging spoons like Northland Buckshots tipped with bait. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. Fish were recently stocked, so small rainbows are a common, yet easy catch.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Try dropping a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are active in the shallows and jerk baits (Rapala Xrap) work great this time of year. Use a jerk-jerk-pause retrieve, varying the length of the pause to entice fish. Good colors include rainbow trout, pink and silver. Have a couple of sizes on hand, and if they're chasing without hitting, try going bigger or smaller in the same color. Top water is also fantastic early and late in the day. Try spitting top waters like Rebel PopRs, also in rainbow trout. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are always a great option.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 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.

(Jun 4) The water is as 6,026 feet and holding steady. The water temperature is about 50 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. All launches are open.

Kokanee salmon: Anglers report catching kokanee! Fishing is fair to good. Now that water temperatures have warmed into the 50s, fishing is starting to pick up consistently. Successful anglers are catching most kokanee close to the surface, 15 feet or shallower. Troll planer boards to get the lure out away from the boat for boat-shy fish. If you don't have planer boards, try a longer set-back, 100 to 200 feet behind the boat. As the water warms, kokanee will move deeper and start showing up on the fish finder. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) have been working best. Try tipping lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. In the canyon, fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

Lake trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or while jigging in 40 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or fish finder. Try dropping a white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. Also try trolling crankbaits behind planer boards along the shoreline, early and late in the day.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Jerk baits work great groggy bass this time of year. To entice fish, se a jerk-jerk-pause retrieve, varying the length of the pause. Good colors include, rainbow trout, pink and silver. Jigs mimicking crayfish are also a great option. Expect the afternoon bite to be best, especially on sunlit, rocky shorelines.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 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

(Jun 9) Anglers are catching trout using worms. PowerBait and salmon eggs have also worked well. The pond was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout on May 9

(May 27) Anglers are catching trout using worms. PowerBait and salmon eggs have also worked well.

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Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

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Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(May 26) Catfish are getting more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs with water temperatures in the mid- to upper 60F range. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both 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). They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Jun 4) One angler reports that fishing for bass was decent this week.

(May 26) One angler reports that fishing was good for bass at Holmes using plastics.

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Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jun 9) The reservoir was stocked on March 28 with about 2,000 rainbow trout. To catch the rainbows, try using night crawlers. For larger trout and wipers, spoons or spinner lures may work well. Fishing with flies has been slow.

(May 27) The reservoir was stocked on March 28 with about 2,000 rainbow trout. To catch the rainbows, try using night crawlers. For larger trout and wipers, spoons or spinner lures may work well. Fishing with flies has been slow.

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Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jun 9) The state park reports slow fishing at Hyrum this week. To increase your chances of success, fish early in the morning or late in the evening.

(Jun 4) The reservoir is full and the water temperature is in the low 60s. The boat dock within Hyrum State Park has been set up. The state park reports decent fishing for trout.

(May 26) The reservoir is almost full and the water temperature is approximately 60 degrees. The state park reports good fishing for perch and trout. For a greater chance of success, try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening. PowerBait and worms are a safe bet if you're fishing from shore, or Rapalas if you're trolling.

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

(Jun 4) Anglers have been catching rainbows and smallmouth bass. For trout, try using popgear with a Mack's Wedding Ring Spinner tipped with a nightcrawler, a silver and/or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lure, a salmon egg and/or rainbow PowerBait, or a nightcrawler. For smallmouth, try using darker colored Kalin's curly tail grubs, Gary Yamamoto Senkos, Berkley PowerBait Finesse Worms or YUM Christie Craws on a 1/8 to 1/4-ounce jighead.

(May 26) Angling pressure has been steady, and anglers have been catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows. Try using Jake's Spin-A-Lures (silver with red dots), regular gold/yellow Panther Martin Classic Teardrop spinners or Green Tiger or Pink UV Blue Fox Pixee Spoons. When fishing, select locations and contour changes that confuse bait fish. Try to consolidate them in one location like coves that gradually drop in depth.

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Kaysville Ponds

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

(Jun 9) The bluegill spawn has started. Try catching these little fish using salmon eggs on a single hook. Anglers have also reported decent fishing for catfish.

(Jun 4) The bluegill spawn has begun! Have fun catching these little fish using salmon eggs on a single hook so that they're easier to catch and release. Anglers also report good fishing for catfish this week.

(May 26) One angler reported good fishing in the evening. Another angler reported catching bass in the south pond.

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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

(Jun 16) by Wayne Gustaveson:

Lake elevation: 3,626.58 feet Water temperatures: 6978F

In the last report, I mentioned that stripers would soon feed on the surface. We now have confirmation! Stripers are slurping lakewide. The recent windy days kept stripers down as the waves crashed against the shore and messed up surface visibility where young shad swim. June 14, the water was finally calm and stripers were on top early eating baby shad by the millions. The twenty stripers I caught this morning averaged about 50 shad per stomach. The shad averaged .75 inches in length. That equates to 1,000 shad. It's time to go save some shad and catch stripers in the process.

Here is the plan: Stripers hit the surface shortly after dawn and continue to feed randomly throughout the day. I saw slurps the morning of June 14 in Warm Creek, Gunsight mouth, Labyrinth Bay, Padre Bay east wall, Gregory Butte bay, West Canyon mouth and Dove Canyon mouth. There was still a breeze blowing in Rock Creek, so I didn't see any striper slurps there. I am sure the same events played out uplake. If it was calm, then there were stripers slurping.

Surface feeding stripers stayed up longer and were more likely to hit my lures better today than last week. I could cast Lucky Craft (ghost) Pointers beyond the surface feeding school and work the lure through the closely feeding fish. With a good cast, and if the stripers continued to feed in the same direction, I connected with a fish about half the time. The four-inch lure is a lot bigger than the forage, so each striper has to give up small shad to feed on something really big like my lure. Later in the day, I though that these fish might be bold enough to hit topwater. I tried an Ima Skimmer (white) and found that they were just as likely to hit the surface lure as the crankbait. I used topwater the rest of the day.

Schools varied in size from 10 to about 50 fish. They fed in a semi-circular pattern like adults cornering full grown shad. Lures that landed inside the group caused a few to splash but caused others to hit the lure. The school moved fast enough that only one cast could reach the group. You'll need a trolling motor in high gear or a big motor at fast idle to keep up with the rapidly moving school.

Most of the schools were in the main channel over deep water. Spoons did not work as well over deep water as they did when the escaping school heads to the bottom and stops at 30 to 40 feet. I didn't catch any fish on spoons. Stripers continued to slurp until 11 a.m. when wake boat traffic increased. They will blow up any time they find food and calm seas. Expect to see slurps randomly throughout the day, but more commonly early morning and late evening.

Adult stripers are still locked below 20 feet by the warm surface water. Bait can work, but crayfish are coming out of hiding and adult stripers are searching the flats along the shore for a good meal. You can catch adult stripers by trolling in the 10 to 30 foot strata. Storm Deep Thundersticks are working quite well.

Bass fishing has not kept pace with stripers. The rapidly rising water levels may be hindering the bass catch rate. Bass are staying in their preferred, previously found holding structure and have not moved up even though the water level rose another five feet this week. The water temperature also plummeted from 76F last week to 69F the morning of June 14. Bass are not biting as well as they did last week, but I think they will recover as the water temperature warms up this week. Look in the same rocky habitat or flooded brush points to find willing smallmouth. Largemouth bass are tucked in tightly in shallow, weedy water. Expect bluegill and largemouth to be close by and sharing the same habitat.

Now is the time to try fishing for catfish because these bottom dwellers are in spawning mode and are super active.

Anglers caught two more tagged walleye this week. Both fish came from the Cedar to Knowles canyon area of the main channel, and both were tagged in Good Hope Bay but moved downstream. We will continue to analyze walleye movement and will report when we have conclusive information.

My next move is to post this report and then go fishing for slurping stripers!

(Jun 9) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,622 feet Water temperatures: 7378F

Stripers are in transition. The lake is still filling rapidly, but the bigger news is that stripers are feeding on the surface. The ultimate goal of many freshwater anglers is to fish a striper boil. We are not quite there, but the big event is only a few weeks away. Right now we have the next best surface feeding event which I have named slurps or slurping.

Shad are being hatched lakewide. We are not able to tell the difference between threadfin and gizzard shad larvae until the tiny fish grow a bit. Right now, baby shad are only 5 to 10 mm long. Healthy stripers have been subsisting by eating plankton. Now they are very happy to let shad eat plankton while they eat shad. Striper's often eat between 50 and 100 microscopic shad per day. It would be better for stripers to wait until shad were at least an inch long, so they could get more nutrition from less fish, but they have no patience. As anglers, it's our job as anglers to watch for slurps and then attack the marauding stripers to catch as many as possible and let the surviving shad run away. Your reward will be some of the smaller healthy stripers, which are great table fare.

I must remind you, though, that the slurping striper school is feeding shoulder-to-shoulder while moving through a shad school. When some stripers run out of shad, they leave the feeding line and search for the next shad group. Cast towards those lookers with a small surface lure, shallow running crankbait or a small Kastmaster spoon. If the lure lands in the middle of the feeding line, the whole group splashes away and yo won't catch any. If that happens, don't be discouraged and just wait for them to surface again a short distance away and make a better cast.

We have seen slurps for two weeks between the San Juan and the Escalante. Last week, Bullfrog erupted with many small slurps. Wahweap is still waiting for topwater action. Slurps have also been recently seen in Warm Creek near double islands, Labyrinth Canyon mouth, West Canyon and the mouth of Rock Creek. Expect each day to provide more surface action as shad get bigger and more numerous, and more stripers discover them on the surface.

Bait fishing is not over. Warming water tends to move larger stripers into deeper water. Shad are on the surface, so adult stripers are still searching for bait. Expect to find them in the same locations that have been reported for the past month.

Smallmouth bass are the next most likely fish to catch. Look for deep structure, like a long point that does not change much as the water comes up five feet. Bass will move up the brushy point to their preferred feeding depth.

Anglers are still catching walleye like crazy from Bullfrog to Good Hope. 20 of the tagged walleye have been caught from Bullfrog to Good Hope, but two have come from Padre Bay on the south end of the lake. We are starting to see quite a bit of movement from Good Hope Bay fish as they move downstream. One reason for the walleye contest was to determine migration patterns by comparing tagging location to the capture point. There will be another bunch of tagged fish caught during June. With the water warming and rising, expect to see walleye move from rocky flats into the submerged trees. Their favorite feeding technique is to park in a submerged tree top and wait for food to swim by. Trolling a shallow running lure right over the tree tops is the best way to catch walleye. That technique will be working within the next two weeks, if not sooner.

Catfish are nearing spawning now that the water temperature is in the 70s. They are very active and easy to catch as prespawn fish. Just put a worm on the bottom in the back of a cove or bay. Fish 10 to 20 feet deep and let the meandering catfish find your bait for fast action.

The detailed information above was June 6. I went fishing on June 7 to test out my theories. Here is what I found: Young stripers were slurping on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut. They were flighty and not interested in my rattletrap, so I went on. Saw another slurp at the mouth of Labyrinth. No takers. so I switched to a small silverspoon.

I then trolled a deep Thunderstick along the east wall in Padre Bay. Caught one healthy three-pound striper, but no more. My next spot was just upstream from Buoy 25. I trolled for stripers without success, so I tried for bass with a five-inch senko. I cut it in half and placed it on a leadhead jig, which smallmouth bass just loved. There are rock reefs near shore that drop off to 15 to 20 feet. At each drop off, the senko was consumed shortly after hitting bottom by eager 1.5-pound smallmouth bass. That was quick fishing, but I moved on because I had more lake to cover.

I saw a fishing boat catching fish like crazy near Gregory Butte. When asked, they showed me the bait they were using. Surprisingly, it was a five-inch senko cut in half and fished on a leadhead jig. Great minds think alike! That stubby, square-plastic bait worked extremely well the rest of the trip.

I went around Gregory Butte to the mouth of West Canyon. On the second long point, I tried trolling with no luck and then tossed the senko toward the edge of a reef. The smallmouth bass went crazy as the bait hit the bottom. On the east side of the mouth of West Canyon, the lake is covering the long points and brush. I tried the senko with similar great success and caught a number of bass. I then caught two walleye in 10 feet of water near brushy cover.

Around the corner in the mouth of Dove Canyon, another fishing boat was using bait and catching some really nice stripers near shore in 45 feet of water. I dropped my small spoon and caught one of their fish. Then I started working back to Wahweap.

In the middle of the West Canyon bay, I saw another slurping striper school at mid-day. This time I caught a small striper on my small one-inch spoon, cast just beyond the slurping school. In the Gregory Butte Bay (west side), I crossed another reef and tried the senko with similar success. Near the reef in 30 feet of water, I graphed a school of fish which I assumed would be small stripers. The small spoon was deployed and I caught two fish: both of them bluegill. These adult sunfish were working in open water eating plankton. I saw another small fish school on the bottom and dropped my spoon down to catch a sunfish and caught a walleye.

It was time to head in, so I ignored all the great looking habitat and just went home. Fishing at Lake Powell is amazing!

(Jun 4) Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,618 feet Water temperatures: 6873F

Lake Powell has risen four feet in the last week. Expect the same for this week. Inflow is over 80,000 acre feet with only 21,000 acre feet being released. Re-tie your boat anchor lines each morning and then enjoy the day. Rapidly rising water is flooding vegetation that has not been wet for a while. This new habitat attracts largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie like a magnet.

Water temperature is in the high 60s in the morning and mid-70s in the afternoon. The warmer water means that it's spawning time for bluegill, carp, channel catfish and threadfin shad. Bluegill and catfish are very active during the spawn and easy to catch. You can see bluegill guarding nests. They'll respond to a chunk of worm on a very small hook. Try attaching a bobber about six feet above the bait so you can see the subtle bite as the bobber wiggles. The size of bluegill is very impressive for a panfish and the fight is like a roller coaster ride. Give it a try.

Water clarity is decreasing lakewide as algae numbers increase. This is turning the water a lovely blue/green color in the southern lake. Sloughing banks make many mud lines that just float on the surface while giving walleye a pleasant place to hide as they wait for the next meal to swim by. Walleye are ambush feeders that lie in wait for a tasty morsel to swim in view. If that happens to be your nightcrawler towed behind a bottom bouncer, or a plastic jig with a chunk of worm attached, the chances are good that the hungry walleye will bite the bait.

The northern lake from the San Juan to White Canyon is the walleye hotspot. There have been over 20 tagged walleye captured in the last two weeks. Chris Crosby was the winner when he caught two tagged fish in one day in Good Hope Bay. He reported that the water clarity was only a few inches upstream from Red Canyon, two to three feet in Ticaboo and was over six feet in Blue Notch. Good Hope Bay is fishable despite the high runoff.

Smallmouth bass fishing is amazing with active fish in rock structure lakewide. I took a break from striper fishing over the weekend and pulled into an isolated main channel rock slide in Last Chance Canyon. My goal was to see how many bass I could catch in 10 casts using a four-inch Senko lazily attached to a jighead. I cast the bait to the rocks and then let it six to 10 feet. When the lure hit bottom, I tested it gingerly to see if there was extra weight on the uplift. If so, the hook was set and I could reel in a fish. I caught seven bass on 10 casts. That was better than expected but disappointing because fish number eight got away. Oh well, next time!

Striper fishing is still as hot as the weather from Wahweap to Bullfrog. Stripers were kind enough to delight most of the anglers who went to down to the dam over the Holiday weekend. Anchovy bait was used effectively at the dam, Buoy 3, Antelope Canyon mouth and first point, Navajo Canyon first two points beyond the double islands, and Warm Creek Wall (intersection of Warm Creek and the main channel at Buoy 12). Further uplake, anglers were catching stripers on bait in Last Chance, Rock Creek and the steep walls near Dangling Rope. You can still catch stripers on bait at Bullfrog, Moki Wall and mouth of Moki Canyon. It will be possible to catch stripers on bait in most canyons on the lake for the next two weeks. However the end is in sight.

Stripers are waiting for shad to become available, so they can revert back to what they do best: chasing shad relentlessly. Shad have spawned and tiny fish are growing. Striper slurps have been reported in the channel from the mouth of the San Juan to the Escalante. Shad may be hidden by the cloudy water in the northern lake. If you're looking for surface action this week head downstream from Bullfrog or upstream from Rainbow Bridge. Shad like to spawn in the backs of canyons, so you'll likely see the young shad and hungry stripers in the backs of major canyons lake wide.

Lake Powell has a robust fishery which means that some fish will be available to catch using the right techniques at any time of the year. Right now, there's a wide variety to choose from.

The scenery is incredible and the fish are amazing. I love this place!

(May 26) Lake elevation: 3,614 feet Water temperatures: 6366F

Lake Powell is rising rapidly. If you're visiting over Memorial Day weekend, make sure to readjust your tie lines at least once a day for boats tied to shore. Don't leave your car parked on low, flat spots near the lake shore at Lone Rock or other camping areas. The lake could rise rapidly and cover the car while you are camping uplake. Once your equipment is safe, then you are free to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Lake Powell.

Fishing will be great because the water temperature is still in the magical 64F zone. However, it will take a bit of investigation to find fish. Bass and other shoreline dwellers will not move on shore as quickly as the lake comes up. Newly covered brush in shallow water may not be occupied because it takes fish a while to move into the new habitat. Instead, look for old habitat that is 10 or more feet deep to find fish congregations. One technique that works well in rising water is to find a recently submerged island or long point. Cast to the shallow part of the structure and then work the bait deeper to find the holding depth. Once you discover the depth, the next cast should go to the same spot without taking time to work from shallow to deep water. I predict that you will be more successful in catching larger fish by targeting depths of 10 to 25 feet of water instead of casting in water that is less than 10 feet near shore.

Walleye may be the most likely fish to catch in these conditions, particularly in the northern lake. They prefer a flat bench near shore or a shallow ridge in open water. In either habitat, walleye will be near the edge of the drop off. Use a bottom bouncer with a worm harness trolled slowly along the ridge at 1 mph. Make sure the bouncer weight hits the bottom often and that you can feel when it hits. Trolling 'banana lures' like Wally Divers is very effective in the warming water conditions. Troll across points where you make bottom contact and you can catch fish as soon as the lure breaks free from bottom structure.

Here is a word of caution for when you're using this shallow trolling technique in areas with quagga mussels. Transitioning from shallow to deep water allows the trolling line to hit bottom slightly before the lure. Mussel shells are sharp and can cut the line before the lure hits the rocks. If you use a floating lure in this circumstance, it is possible to return to the spot where the lure grounded out and find it floating on the surface. I used one floating lure last week and recovered it twice after the line was cut by mussels, before losing it for good on the third try.

Bass are still in rocky structure, and bigger is better when looking for rocky structure. Drop a plastic grub on the shady side of a rock for a consistent catch. Brown, green and chartreuse grubs in single or double tail are all working. Finding fish holding habitat is more important than choosing the right color grub. In locations with many small bass, it is wise to keep 20 of the smallmouth to allow the remaining bass in that cove to get bigger.

Largemouth will now be in shallow water in the thickest bush they can find. Nice green bass may also be hiding under the shade of the flotsam in coves that have thick floating debris.

Striped bass are near spawning. That means you can catch the big healthy fish at night. The rest of the population is moving toward the backs of canyons looking for shad. However, shad are small in number and size. Stripers are still eating plankton and crayfish. They can be targeted by trolling shallow running lures along shore at a depth of 15 to 25 feet. Each time you catch a striper, make sure to cast lures to the same spot to find followers.

Bait fishing for stripers is picking up dramatically in the Bullfrog area. Most of the canyons above and below Bullfrog Bay will have schools of stripers holding right at the intersection of the canyon and the main channel. Chum with anchovies to get the school started and then enjoy the action for the next hour.

In the southern lake, bait fishing is still working but the daily catch has declined from incredible to 15-to-20 fish per trip. The standard spots near the dam and Navajo Canyon are still producing, but the tall walled canyons in Last Chance, Rock Creek and Wetherill are holding a lot of fish. If you can find one of those hungry schools, your catch rate will soar.

Bluegill are near spawning and anglers are catching surprisingly large fish. Channel catfish are two weeks away from spawning and will provide great fishing in June.

Overall, fishing should be great over the Holiday weekend. The water is clear from Wahweap to Bullfrog, but muddy upstream from Cedar Canyon in the main channel and above Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan.

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LaSal Mountains

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

No recent reports.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

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Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jun 9) Anglers report good fishing for bass. Try using plastics around the tree-covered areas near shore.

(Jun 4) Unfortunately, the bass bite has gone down since last week. Try slowing down your retrieve and fishing in weeded areas close to shore. Anglers who were successful in fishing for bass this week were generally using worms. Anglers fishing by boat reported decent fishing for rainbow trout.

(May 26) It's bass time! Anglers were doing extremely well catching bass this week. They reported great success for bass using jerkbaits, plastic worms in a wacky or Texas rig, topwater frogs, and Creature Baits. For trout, one angler reported that green PowerBait was the ticket. If you're looking for a beautiful place to take your family this Memorial Day weekend, Mantua Reservoir is an excellent choice.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) The water level is rising and is fairly clear. Fishing is fair to good. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day. You can catch them by trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are starting to set up on nests and can be readily caught when targeted. Anglers have caught a few nice wipers with crayfish-imitating tackle. 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: four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers up to eight pounds.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) The reservoir is mostly full and the water is clear. Fishing is fair for rainbows using PowerBait and nightcrawlers from the shore or by trolling flashy lures. Smallmouth bass and wipers should be getting more active soon.

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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

(Jun 16) Anglers are doing well catching bluegill on spawning beds. To locate bluegill, look for clear water and weed beds/structure in deeper parts or the lake. Water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Anglers are catching bass on buzzbaits for topwater and on senkos. Due to spring runoff and warmer water temperatures, bowfishing for carp in shallows is excellent this time of year. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. Water temperatures are hovering in the low 60-degree range.

(Jun 4) Anglers are doing well for bluegill on spawning beds. To locate the bluegill, look for clear water, and weed beds/structure in deeper parts or the lake. Water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Anglers did well for bass on buzzbaits for topwater and on senkos. Due to spring runoff and warmer water temperatures, bowfishing for carp in shallows will be excellent this time of year. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. Water temperatures are hovering in the low 60-degree range.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Jun 9) Anglers report good fishing for tiger muskies this week. Try using big swimbaits or spinnerbaits close to shore. One angler caught a large muskie in four feet of water, approximately 20 feet from the shore.

(Jun 4) Anglers are catching some nice smallmouth bass, tiger muskie and catfish this week.

(May 26) Anglers report decent fishing for bass, trout, and tiger muskie this 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

(May 26) A recent netting survey found an abundance of suckers, despite the near draining last year. 50,000 seven-inch rainbow trout were stocked in February, but trout numbers are very low right now.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) Bass activity continues to increase as the water temperatures warm.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 16) The yellow perch and 8-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning and late evening with standard PowerBait, nightcrawlers and maybe a Rapala jig. Water temperatures are hovering near the mid 50s. The water levels are currently at 70 percent.

(Jun 4) Yellow perch and eight-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning and late evening with standard PowerBait, nightcrawlers and maybe a Rapala jig. Water temperatures are hovering in the mid 50-degree range. The water levels are currently at 70 percent.

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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

(Jun 9) Anglers report excellent fishing for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout, even from shore. For rainbow trout, use worms, bright marshmallows or PowerBait. If you're shore fishing, try focusing on the east side of the reservoir or over by the dam. If you're trolling, you may have the most success with spoons and Rapalas

(Jun 4) Anglers report that the shore fishing at Rockport has really picked up compared to previous weeks, with most anglers catching decent-sized rainbows using garlic, corn or lemon twist PowerBait. If you have a fly rod, one angler reports that fly fishing was also excellent. Anglers are recommending people fish from shore on the eastern side of the reservoir, or over by the dam. If you're trolling, firetiger was the hot color pattern this week.

(May 26) Fishing by boat is excellent and anglers reported catching their limit in no time. Successful anglers were trolling with pop gear and a worm. However, fishing from shore is fair. Try using garlic or corn PowerBait.

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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

(May 26) Largemouth bass are very active. You can find bass both in the 15 to 20 feet depth (sometimes called the staging area) and on nests in the shallows. Shore anglers can find plenty of fish along the dikes. Various techniques have been producing well. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this spring. 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.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 16) Cheryl Bunnell says: Starvation Reservoir skunked almost everyone today. 4 fish caught all morning at the bridge and dam. One was mine. The wind was terrible.

(Jun 16) Fishing is good for shore anglers. Boat anglers have caught plenty of recently stocked 12-inch kokanee salmon. Try using a dodger with a squid spinner. Fishing has been best in the early morning until about mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Most fish are caught in water 8 to 18 feet deep. Warmer water temperatures have improved the smallmouth bass fishing, especially along the rocky shorelines near the bridge. Biologists moved more than 250 crappie from Pineview to Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, we're asking that you voluntarily release them so they can establish this population. Water temperatures are averaging in the mid to high 50-degree range, and levels are staying steady at 86 percent.

(Jun 5) Tyson Fields of Grantsville fished in a group of 4 and caught 33 rainbows using Power Bait fishing from a boat. "Trolling was pretty slow because of the merky water from runoff but bait fishing is excellent catching over 30 fish all between 2 to 5 lbs."

(Jun 4) Shore fishing was good over the weekend. Fishing has been best in the early morning until about mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Most fish that have been caught were in water from 8 to 18 feet deep. Warmer water temperatures have increased the smallmouth bass action, especially along the rocky shorelines near the bridge. More than 250 crappie were moved by DWR biologists from Pineview and stocked into Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, we're asking that you voluntarily release them so they can establish this population. Water temperatures are averaging in the mid to high 50-degree range, and levels are staying steady at 86 percent.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 16) Bluegill fishing is hot from a boat. Try fishing along the northern shoreline for decent-sized bluegill, and along the eastern rocky shore for largemouth bass. Try using small jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8 to 15 feet of water. If fishing from the shore, you may use a bubble or bobber to suspend your line off of the bottom. As of April 22, the Division has issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, though this will most likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this year and next year in preparation for dam repair work. 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 upon refilling, and largemouth bass the year after refilling begins.

(Jun 4) Bluegill fishing is picking up. Try fishing along the northern shoreline for decent-sized bluegill, and along the eastern rocky shore for largemouth bass. On April 24, biologists conducted population surveys and discovered some very large brown trout. As of April 22, the Division has issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, though this will most likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this year and next year in preparation for dam repair work. 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 upon refilling, and largemouth bass the year after refilling begins.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Jun 4) Fishing has been slow, but is slowly improving. Anglers have reported catching kokanee. For kokanee, try using chartreuse lime or glow mink Shasta Tackle Koke-A-Nuts or Shasta Tackle Pee Wee Wiggle Hoochies. For trout, traditional methods work well, or you can try using tube jigs, chartreuse paddle bugs, curly tail grubs, popgear, Yakima FlatFish, Jake's Wobblers or Rapalas. Remember to tip with a mealworm, nightcrawler or wax worm. The Strawberry Bay Marina tagged fish contest will not be taking place this year.

(May 26) Angling pressure is increasing, but fishing has been slow. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, chartreuse paddle bugs, white and pink curly tail grubs, popgear, Yakima FlatFish, Jake's Wobblers and Rapalas. Remember to tip your lure with a mealworm, nightcrawler or wax worm. For kokanee, try using a pink squid or R&K pink glow micro hoochie and dodger combination.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jun 4) Fishing has been hot! Reports indicate that anglers are catching plenty of white bass, channel catfish, bullheads and crappie. If you haven't fished during the white bass spawn, it is not too late. Anglers are having great success fishing at American Fork Harbor and Utah Lake State Park using chartreuse or white curly tail grubs and/or silver spoons. Look for locations with rocky habitat, and you'll be sure to catch some white bass. For catfish, try fishing in areas with reeds and use white bass meat, chicken livers, shrimp or nightcrawlers. Within the past two weeks, anglers have reported catching catfish that weigh up to 24 pounds.

(May 26) Fishing has been good. Anglers have reported catching 18- to 22-inch walleye, 22- to 28-inch channel catfish, bullheads, crappie and white bass. The white bass spawn has begun, and anglers are having great success. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch chartreuse, pearl or white-colored curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jig head tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm. Utah Lake State Park, American Fork Harbor and Lindon Boat Harbor are all excellent locations to fish during the white bass spawn. The recent cold front slowed the fishing a bit, but as the weather warms up, you can expect to catch plenty of white bass.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports that the water is warming up to the 60F range and largemouth bass are starting to get more active.

Willard Bay

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

(Jun 9) Fishing at Willard is hit-or-miss for many species. Anglers appeared to have the most success when targeting catfish. One angler reported catching a large walleye. Other anglers reported less success overall, with some only able to hook a couple fish. Other reporting anglers couldn't get a single bite.

(Jun 4) Fishing for wipers and walleye is decent. Anglers report catching a few large wipers by trolling with a mussel.

(May 26) The crappie and walleye bites are picking up! Anglers report catching large numbers of crappie as well as some decent-sized walleye and catfish. However, the wiper bite is very slow.

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