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Revised 05-26-17


Links give descriptions of the lake and facilities available. Check proclamtion for details on fishing restrictions as these may not be complete.

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

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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

(May 19) The fish are biting, so try using a variety of PowerBait, spinnerbaits or a Jake's lure. Anglers report catching rainbow and brown trout from the shoreline using everything except for live bait. As of Jan. 1, regulations changed from artificial fly-only use to the statewide regulations.

(Apr 29) The fish are just starting to bite, so try using nightcrawler, PowerBait or a Jake's lure. Anglers report catching trout near the shoreline. As of Jan. 1, regulations changed from artificial fly-only use to the statewide regulations.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(May 19) Fish are eating, 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.

(Apr 29) Fish are starting to feed, so try using a Jake's lure, 1/8 ounce in gold. You may also try using traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results.

Regulations

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(May 19) Anglers are using nightcrawlers to catch wipers from shore. You can try using jigs or Rapalas to target tiger muskies, wipers, brown trout and rainbow trout.

(Apr 29) Anglers should try using jigs or Rapalas to target the tiger muskies, wipers, brown trout and rainbow trout.

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

(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.

(May 10) Angling pressure has been steady, and anglers have been limiting out on 14- to 18-inch rainbows. Anglers are having success using traditional methods and gold lures. Try using gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, gold Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners or gold Panther Martin Classic Teardrop Spinners. Anglers have reported catching 16-inch walleye using chartreuse Gulp! Minnows on a VMC Neon Moon Eye Jighead and Gary Yamamoto 4-inch DT grub.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(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.

(May 18) The water temperature was in the high 50s last weekend and the reservoir has been filling rapidly. Though some anglers report a slower catch, especially those fishing from shore, others are pulling in many rainbow trout. Try trolling near the shoreline using Rapalas. If you can only fish from shore, try floating garlic PowerBait 3-4 feet off the bottom.

(May 12) Though some anglers report a slower catch, others are pulling in decent-sized rainbow trout.

(May 6) One angler reported good fishing for trout.

(Apr 29) According to anglers, the smallmouth bass are moving into shallow water. Fishing is good for rainbow trout as well.

Echo Reservoir

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

(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.

(May 19) The reservoir is full and water is flowing through the spillway. Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling at low speeds with pop gear and a worm. Trout caught were about 15-16 inches long.

(May 12) The reservoir was stocked last week with rainbow trout. Anglers are catching many fish from shore.

(May 6) Anglers who were fishing from shore report slow fishing this week.

(Apr 29) Anglers report decent fishing from shore for small stocked trout. In past weeks, fishing has been good by the dam. Last week, we stocked the reservoir with more than 18,000 walleye.

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.

(May 12) The lower reservoir is full, while 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. The water temperature is in the upper 50s, so 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.

(Apr 29) Both reservoirs are nearly full. Fishing has been better in the lower reservoir lately. When a lake fills quickly, it often provides a lot of food and space for fish to spread out. As a result, fishing sometimes suffers. A recent monitoring survey in the upper reservoir found abundant, healthy rainbows. Most were 12 to 16 inches long, with a few larger fish also available.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(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.

(May 19) Farmington Pond was stocked on Monday, May 15. Anglers report slow to fair fishing at the community ponds this week. For greater success, watch the stocking reports and fish within a few days after a pond has been stocked.

(May 12) Fishing at the community ponds varies, with some anglers catching quite a few and others having no luck at all. The standard PowerBait and worms are a decent bet, but wet flies have also been effective. For greater success, watch the stocking reports and fish within a few days after a pond has been stocked.

(May 6) Anglers report fair to good fishing. One angler reported catching several stocked trout, but fishing was hit-and-miss for some groups of anglers.

(Apr 29) Anglers report fair to good fishing at many of the community ponds this week. The pond was stocked with rainbow trout last week.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 19) The water is at 6,022 feet and increasing. The water temperature is about 50 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. All launches are open. Lucerne Valley Marina is sponsoring the Flaming Gorge Fish Derby May 20 and 21. Learn the details at the Flaming Gorge Fish Derby website.

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. Stocking will commence the week before Memorial Day.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. Recent reports have been spotty. 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-n-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 finally picking up. Jerk baits work great for groggy bass this time of year. Use 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 shoreline.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. The best activity is 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.

(Apr 29) The water is 45 to 49 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. The lake is ice free and all launches are open. Fishing varies from slow to good, depending on species.

Kokanee Salmon: Fishing picks up when the water temperature warms into the 50s, but some kokanee are biting while anglers vertical jig with spoons. You should also try trolling close to the surface.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is fair to good. This time of year when rainbow trout cruise the shorelines near the boat ramps. In the canyon, fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs (Zig Jigs) in pink, brown, olive, white and black will work, too. The earthtone 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. Recent reports have been excellent! Anglers are catching fish deep on diving crankbaits. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be easily located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or fish finder.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is fair. It'll start picking up over the next few weeks as water temperatures reach into the 50s.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Boaters can still look for 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

(May 10) Anglers are catching trout using worms. PowerBait and salmon eggs have also worked well.

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

(May 12) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked last year spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

(Apr 29) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove the illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations grow.

Regulations

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.

(May 12) Catfish are getting more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs with water temperatures in the mid 60s. Largemouth bass have also been lately. Pike have also been observed around the shorelines at DMAD. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish.

(Apr 29) Catfish are becoming more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Anglers have observed pike around the shorelines at DMAD. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

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

(May 19) Some anglers report no bites at all, while others have been very successful. One angler reports that fishing was good in the middle of the day.

(May 12) Anglers report catching decent-sized trout at Holmes this week.

(May 6) Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout using worms and PowerBait. Don't forget to obtain a Walk-in Access number before fishing at Holmes Creek Reservoir (as well as nearby Andy Adams and Hobbs reservoirs).

(Apr 29) Similar to last week, anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout using worms and PowerBait. As fishing picks up, don't forget that this is a Walk-in Access property. Avoid a citation by obtaining a Walk-in Access number before fishing at Holmes Creek Reservoir (as well as nearby Andy Adams and Hobbs reservoirs).

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 10) 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.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(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.

(May 19) Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Hyrum. Most anglers who were successful fished in the early mornings or late evenings. Try slowing down your trolling speed.

(May 12) Recently, fishing has been slow to fair at Hyrum. Most anglers who were successful fished in the early mornings or late evenings. PowerBait and worms are good to try if you're fishing from shore.

(May 6) Anglers reported slow fishing at Hyrum this week. Try using PowerBait or trolling in the early morning or late evening.

(Apr 29) Anglers reported slow fishing at Hyrum this week. Those who were successful did best in the early mornings or late evenings while trolling or using PowerBait.

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

(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.

(May 10) Our biologists recently concluded their spring gillnetting survey at Jordanelle. They found healthy numbers of brown and rainbow trout in the 12- to 16-inch range. They also found some trophy browns up to 28 inches and 8.5 pounds. Biologists were excited to capture both kokanee salmon and tiger muskies that were stocked as fingerlings last year. The muskies were smaller than six inches in July 2016, and are now 15 inches long that's nine inches of growth in ten months. The kokanee were first stocked into Jordanelle in April 2016 as two- to three-inch fingerlings, and now they're eight and nine inches long. We will be stocking more than 18,000 12-inch rainbow trout into Jordanelle this week. The adipose fins of these fish are clipped so biologists can distinguish them from past and future stockings to track survival. Anglers have reported catching 12- to 14-inch rainbows, 18-inch browns, and an occasional smallmouth bass and kokanee. Anglers have had success fishing from the shore near Rockcliff and the personal watercraft launch ramp. Boaters have had success near the Provo River Inlet and dam. Try using PowerBait, spinners, spoons, minnow-imitating lures, bladebaits, and soft plastic or living-fiber jigs.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

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

(May 19) The bass are beginning to bite. Anglers recommend the south pond if you're looking to increase your chances of landing a bass.

(May 12) If you've been craving some bass fishing, anglers report that the bass are starting to bite at Kaysville. Other than that, fishing at the community ponds varies, with some anglers catching quite a few and others having no luck at all. The standard PowerBait and worms are a decent bet, but wet flies have also been effective. For greater success, watch the stocking reports and fish within a few days after a pond has been stocked.

(May 6) One angler reported catching bass this week.

(Apr 29) Overall, anglers report decent fishing at Kaysville this week. One angler reported good fishing for catfish, while another reported decent fishing for bass using spinners.

Regulations

Lake Powell

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(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.

(May 19) Lake elevation: 3,610 feet Water temperatures: 6366F

The surface water temperature for most of the week was 64F. End of report! (For those that need a bit more information the details are below.)

Striped Bass adults prefer a temperature of 64F. At this comfort level, trophy-sized fish, adults and juveniles have free reign and can travel in any direction, to any depth and to feed anywhere. Trophy-sized fish cannot handle warmer water and must stay in the 64F range. You can find adult fish close to the warm surface layer by shallow trolling and casting. Young stripers are near the surface eating plankton (until they find young shad). They are also susceptible to trolling and casting.

Large and smallmouth bass spawn when the water temperature is between 60 to 66F. Male bass guard nests and can often be seen in shallow water. Females feed ravenously, as they are very active and excited about spawning. Bass are in shallow water and are very catchable on open water reefs and along the rocky shoreline. This activity level along with desire to feed more in warmer water makes bass very active and easier to catch.

Crappie are nearing the end of their spawning season. Feeding has become the higher priority. Crappie are still very active and quite catchable.

Walleye have completed spawning, but are reacting to the warming water by feeding at a higher level. They are known to feed early and late, but this temperature range has them feeding extremely well at mid-day (10 a.m.2 p.m.). Walleye are very active and will continue to increase in activity as the water temperature increases into the low-70s. They will do even better as the water continues to warm.

Bluegill and green sunfish increase their feeding behavior as water warms to 65 to 70F. It will take only a few more degrees before spawning will occur. The bluegill activity level has increased dramatically. Fish size has also increased recently and anglers have seen many larger bluegill. These voraciously feeding, larger bluegill add a whole new sport fishing possibility in Lake Powell. Big fish are now available in large schools in 12 to 25 feet of 64F water.

Even channel catfish are responding to the warming water. They spawn as the water warms into the 70s. That is a ways off, but their feeding level has increased. Catfish are now easier to catch.

In summary, this is the best time to fish in the springtime. The very best water temperature for spawning, feeding and activity is available to all sport fish in the lake.

Therefore, it is not surprising that our fishing trip today was awesome. We motored uplake to Face Canyon and then tried trolling and casting for bass and stripers. Our trolling lures were rattletraps (Lucky Craft LV's) and mid-depth crankbaits (Lucky Craft pointer SPs, Bevy Shad). We trolled close to shore, targeting rocky reefs and points where the depth quickly fell from 1015 feet down to 3040 feet. Trolling was very successful. We seldom went more than five minutes without catching a striper or smallmouth bass. Each time one of us hooked a fish by trolling, the other angler would reel in fast and then cast to the shallow shoreline to get another hit. When we had worked over a productive shoreline and failed to get another hit, we moved on. We found great success using this technique and moving from Face Canyon to the Buoy 25 coves and shoreline, to Gregory Butte coves, to the mouth of West Canyon and Dove Canyon, and finally to Dungeon Canyon.

Our catch included 30 stripers, 25 large and smallmouth bass, and two large bluegill (caught by trolling). The weather was agreeable. It was a mild day in between windy events with a pleasant air temperature. And it was great to catch so many fish with short stays in many locations. Spring fishing is now at its peak. If you want to catch fish, now is a good time to come to the lake.

(May 10) Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 6267F

Dan Miller from Paonia, CO caught a 29-pound striped bass near Bullfrog on May 6. The big fish was caught on a four-inch Berkeley Smelt. May is the best month to catch a trophy striper at Lake Powell.

Bass have moved back on to the spawning beds after the cold spell that slowed things down last week. You can see nests from Bullfrog to Wahweap where visibility is still between five and 10 feet. There is no chance of sight fishing in the northern lake where visibility is three feet or less.

Sight fishing is unique because you can often see a male bass often hovering over the light-colored circular rock depression. Usually your boat will be too close to the nest when you see it to actually catch the guarding fish, but it is possible to return to the site at a later date, throw a long cast and catch the male guardian. Larger females are usually in close proximity, so you can catch them by fishing the deeper water next to the nest location. Yamamoto five-inch senkos are working well now for nesting bass while other smallmouth can be caught on plastic grubs. The green, watermelon and green pumpkin colors are all working well.

Walleye fishing is hot! There were at least four tagged walleye caught over the weekend, which is more than were caught in 2016. The walleye contest did not start until July last year, which made it tough to catch large numbers of walleye. May is definitely the best walleye fishing month at Lake Powell with the water temperature in the 60s and low 70s.

Jason Johnston reported catching 80 walleyes, 11 stripers and 1 smallmouth bass fishing from 7 a.m.3 p.m. last Saturday and Sunday in the Halls area. All of the fish were caught on crawler harnesses with two- to three-ounce bouncers in 15 to 45 feet. The best speed was 1.2 mph, and orange beads with silver or gold blades produced the most fish.

Walleye are very active now and can be caught all day long. They are abundant from the Escalante to the Colorado River inflow. Most of the tagged fish are near Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. The best technique is to use a live worm or artificial bait, like Berkeley Gulp Minnows and Smelt. Maintain bottom contact while slowly moving the bait along a flat bench in the 10 to 30 foot range. When filleting the walleye don't forget to take the cheek meat for a special dinner surprise.

Striped bass fishing is slowing down in well know areas like the dam. Its time to expand your range while chasing stripers to canyon walls further uplake. There are many untouched bait fishing spots in most canyons, including Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, Padre Canyon, Last Chance and Rock Creek. Look for the high cliff walls near the back of the canyon for best results. Just chum an area and fish for a short time to find fish. If you don't catch any fish, then move to the next likely spot.

The mature stripers are preparing to spawn. They respond to rapid warming and spawn at night. That makes them good angling targets at dusk and dawn, but not easy to catch during the day.

This is the peak of the spring fishing season with fish that are willing to respond to your favorite techniques. Expect great results through the rest of May.

(May 3) Lake elevation: 3,604 feet Water temperatures: 5762F

Cool, windy weather challenged our walleye tagging trip. The water in lower Good Hope Bay was murky but fishable. The visibility was about three feet. That's fine for walleye, but may inhibit bass and stripers from finding our baits. The catch rate for bass was slow and stripers were uncommon. So we used bottom-bouncing techniques to target the walleye that are abundant in the northern lake. The water temperature ranged from 5762F during the day, which proved to be a bit cool for these walleye.

The best walleye trips last year were when the water temperature ranged from 6580F. We had a large group of anglers, however, that managed to tag almost 200 walleye from Seven Mile Canyon to Red Canyon. Now that our tagging trip is done, the water temperature is going to climb into the 60s. That will turn on walleye fishing lakewide. May is the magic month and the best time to catch a tagged fish from Wahweap to Good Hope Bay. Here are some helpful hints.

We found walleye most often on flat benches that averaged 20 to 25 feet deep. Sometimes there was a bench or flat extending from a steep cliff wall. Trolling close to the wall and over the bench will put the nightcrawler right along the ledge where the fish are holding. Other productive habitats included an open water ridge where the shallow peak was near 20 to 25 feet. The surrounding water was much deeper, often falling to 70 to 100 feet. Walleye liked to park on top of the ridge and wait for food. Trolling a bottom bouncer along the ridge top was very effective. The most common technique was to just fish near shore where the underwater ledges were near 20 feet. The lakewide message is to know the depth and fish on flat surfaces near the 20 foot mark.

The best technique during our trip was to make bottom contact with a bottom bouncer rig that weighed one to three ounces. Heavy rigs worked on the cliff wall bench where the weight would make a distinct thump as it contacted the bottom. Each time the weight came off the bottom, it would make another distinct jolt with bottom contact. This worked when fishing almost straight down (jigging) on a shallow small bench where the rig would not be as effective on the deep water side of the bench.

Lighter bottom-bouncer rigs could be slow trolled over large shallow flats where the nightcrawler was displayed over a large flat area until it made contact with a hungry walleye. The most successful presentation in colder water was to impale whole nightcrawlers on a two or three hook harness. That may change as the water warms and walleye get more aggressive.

There are other techniques that will work better in the upcoming warmer days including trolling a walleye lure (banana-shaped crankbaits) over rocky main channel points that are 12 to 20 feet deep. Target the 12-foot depth so that the lure hits the bottom on the top of the point and then swims into open water where a waiting walleye will often bite. When you catch a walleye, retrace your steps and then troll over the ridge again or cast worm harnesses or a bass grub adorned with a piece of worm to catch more fish. Walleye tend to live in groups. Catching one fish by any method is a sign to return to that site and work that area extensively to catch more fish in their gathering spot.

If you want to win a prize for catching a tagged fish, you must pre-register for the contest online. If you catch a tagged fish, send a picture of the tagged fish, the tag number and a report to waynegustaveson@utah.gov. I will then award you with a prize for catching the tagged fish. We appreciate your efforts in helping us learn more about walleye population numbers, travel patterns and habits in Lake Powell.

Bass, stripers, bluegill and crappie have not changed their habits much since April because of the recent cold, windy weather. Anglers are still catching stripers on bait in the main channel. The best locations are still in the southern lake, with the addition of Moki wall close to the mouth of Moki Canyon at midlake.

Healthy stripers will start looking for a spawning sites and switch over to their nocturnal spawning habits. Expect stripers to be super aggressive before dawn and lethargic during the day. This is the time for fly anglers to fish sinking lines and clouser minnows to catch large female stripers in deep water.

Bass have pulled off their nest sites in the cooler water, but they will return to spawn again as the water warms this week. Crappie will follow their lead. I did see annual weeds going under the rising lake on the last trip, which means bass and crappie hatched in the next two weeks will have some cover to help them survive.

It is time to go fishing. Each species is reacting positively to the warming water and will be catchable with various angling techniques in the days ahead.

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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

(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.

(May 19) Anglers report fair to good fishing. As of last weekend, the water temperature was in the low 60s and water visibility was only a couple feet deep. One angler reports finding success fishing for trout from the dike using a black woolly bugger. Another angler caught several largemouth bass from the tree-lined area on the south shore.

(May 12) At around 60 degrees, the water temperature is beginning to warm up. Though we would expect bass to become more active at these temperatures, anglers report slow to fair fishing. Most of the bass caught have been small. Water visibility is only a couple feet deep.

(May 6) The water temperature is beginning to warm up. If you're looking for a good place to take your family, Mantua Reservoir is a good bet this time of year. Try fishing with a simple spinning rod and some PowerBait or worms from the shore. You and your kids will love catching bluegill and you might even catch a largemouth bass.

(Apr 29) The water level is high, and the water remains very cold. Anglers report slow fishing.

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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.

(May 12) Mixed fishing reports have been received lately. Anglers have been doing fair to good until midge hatches start. Once that happens, the fish gorge themselves on the naturals and ignore everything else. You may have some great success if you can find a good imitation, but most anglers are struggling during the hatches. The good news is that the trout are in great shape with all the available food. 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. No reports yet on wiper fishing.

(Apr 29) Anglers report mixed fishing success. The action is fair to good until midge hatches start. Once that happens, the fish gorge themselves on the naturals and ignore everything else. You may have success if you can find a good imitation, but most anglers are struggling during the hatches. The good news is that the trout are in great shape with all the available food. 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 four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers; some weighed up to eight pounds. We haven't received any reports from anglers on wiper fishing.

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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.

(May 12) The reservoir mostly full and the water is clear. Fair success for rainbows using Power Bait and night crawlers from shore or trolling flashy lures. Smallmouth bass and wipers should be getting more active soon.

(Apr 29) The water is clear. Anglers report fair shoreline fishing for rainbows with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Success is slower from boats.

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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

(May 19) Water levels are currently high, forcing warmwater fish into the shallows, which should make for a good fishing trip. Daily limits have been increased to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill because of a treatment planned for the fall of 2018. Bow and fly anglers should look for carp in the shallows this time of year, especially on warm, sunny days. Water temperatures are hovering in the mid-50 degree F range.

(Apr 29) Daily limits have been increased to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill because of a treatment planned for the fall of 2018. Bowfishing anglers and fly anglers should look for carp in the shallows this time of year, especially on warm, sunny days. There is no limit on carp at Pelican Lake. If you want to target bass, try fishing with a three- to five-inch Senko or Gulp jigs. Water temperatures are in the mid 50-degree F range.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

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

(May 19) This is a good time to fish for a variety of species, particularly crappie and smallmouth bass. As of last weekend, the water temperature was about 60 degrees. Anglers report catching tiger muskie, smallmouth bass, crappie and perch. The reservoir's water level is rising and is nearly full. At about 3-4 feet of visibility, the water clarity has improved.

(May 12) Anglers report that the catfish at Pineview have been biting readily. If you're going for catfish, a simple worm should do the trick. For those looking for the rush of catching a much larger fish, try using large lures near the shore in order to catch tiger muskies.

(May 6) One angler reports a good fishing for catfish this week.

(Apr 29) Anglers report fair to good fishing for tiger muskie, bass and catfish. Last weekend, the water temperature was around 52F.

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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.

(May 12) A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite near draining last year. 50,000 seven-inch rainbow trout were stocked in February, but trout numbers are very low right now.

(Apr 29) A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite the near-draining of the reservoir last year. Even though 50,000 seven-inch rainbow trout were stocked in February, 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.

(May 12) Bass activity continues to increase as water temperatures warm. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

(Apr 29) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good success. One angler reported good success while trolling at depths of 10 to 15 feet. Bass activity is starting to pick up as water temperatures reach the mid 50s. Focus on cold-weather techniques until the temperature is consistently in the 60s. The keys are to fish deep (2030 feet down) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 19) We haven't received any recent angler reports. Try fishing from the shore in the early morning and late evening with standard PowerBait, nightcrawlers and maybe a Rapala jig. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees F. The water levels are currently at 70 percent.

(Apr 29) Biologists and their crews have been netting some perch in Big Sand Wash Reservoir and relocating them to Starvation and Red Fleet Reservoirs. The perch for Red Fleet are to supplement what was introduced after the chemical treatment. They netted 1,140 perch over a three-day period with 530 going to Starvation and 510 going to Red Fleet. There was about a 60/40 split of males to females. We haven't received any recent angler reports. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning and late evening. Water temperatures are around 47 degrees, and 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

(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.

(May 19) Anglers report slow to fair fishing this week. Try slowing down your trolling speed. Anglers who were successful reported fishing on the west side of the reservoir. Anglers recommend green-colored bait or lures, gold Flatfish, worms, Jake's lures, or pop gear.

(May 12) Some anglers are getting skunked while others are doing quite well. One angler reports success trolling with Rapalas in 15-20 feet of water.

(May 6) Anglers are reporting slow to fair fishing. One group of anglers reports slow fishing by boat, while another caught several rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Try using Kastmasters and Rapalas.

(Apr 29) Anglers report good fishing by boat, but slow to fair fishing from shore. One angler reported success with a silver Jake's lure by boat. Another angler who was shore fishing caught a few fish using Rapalas and 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.

(May 12) Water temperatures are firmly entrenched in the mid to upper 60s and bass are very active. Bass are being found both in 15-20 feet ('staging' area) as well as on nests in the shallows. Shore anglers can find plenty of fish along the dikes. 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 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.

(Apr 29) Water temperatures are bouncing back and forth from the upper 50s to low 60s. This means that anglers are finding good to excellent success, depending on the day. Bass are being found in depths of 1520 feet as well as on nests in the shallows. 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 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

(May 19) 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. The reservoir level is at 83 percent and rising about a foot every five days. Most fish that have been caught were in less than 20 feet of water. Anglers are picking up bass and walleye when the skies are overcast before 11 a.m., and trout in the later afternoon.

(Apr 29) Shore anglers report good fishing over the weekend. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Biologists and their crews have been netting some perch in Big Sand Wash Reservoir and relocating them to Starvation and Red Fleet Reservoirs. The perch have been on the decline in Starvation for a few years so the DWR is trying to give them a boost. They netted 1,140 perch over a three-day period with 530 going to Starvation. The reservoir water level is currently holding steady at 74 percent full.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 19) Biologists conducted population surveys on April 24 and discovered some 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. Fishing has been best in the early morning and late evenings. Try using a two- to three-inch white tube jig tipped with nightcrawler, or black marabou jig for trout. You may also try using a Jake's lure. Warmer water temperatures should increase the bass activity along the rocky shorelines and drop offs. The water temperatures are hovering in the low to mid 50s.

(Apr 29) On 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, but may likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this 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. Fishing is best in the early morning and late evenings. Try using a two- to three-inch white tube jig tipped with nightcrawler, or black marabou jig for trout. You may also try using a Jake's lure. For bass, fish a Senko worm along the rocky shorelines and near the island. Water temperatures are in the low 50s.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(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.

(May 10) The reservoir is completely open and ice free. Biologists recently concluded the first series of this season's gillnetting survey. So far, the survey has revealed 12- to 14-inch rainbows and 15- to 18-inch cutthroats. We also found some trophy cutthroats that ranged from 26 to 30 inches and weighed six to eight pounds. Angling pressure has steadily begun to increase. Try using gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, chartreuse paddle bugs, white and pink curly tail grubs, chartreuse holographic or pearl white Maniac Gizzilas, chartreuse Berkley Gulp! Minnows, blade baits or rainbow trout-colored Kastmasters. Remember to tip your lure with a mealworm, nightcrawler or wax worm. For kokanee, try using a pink squid-and-dodger combination.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(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.

(May 11) Fished with my brother Terry this morning at Utah Boat Harbor. The bite started about 9:00 and lasted until 12:30. Terry caught 1 white bass and 4 cats. I caught 5 catfish with the largest at 26 inches and weighing 7.6 pounds. Not bad for my trout rod with 6 pound test line. We used worms, stink bait, chicken gizzards, hot dogs, and shrimp. Almost all the fish were caught on shrimp.

(May 10) Fishing has been hot! Anglers have reported catching 18- to 22-inch walleye and 22- to 28-inch channel catfish as well as crappie and white bass. White bass fishing is gearing up, and you can expect on warmer days to catch plenty of white bass and crappie. 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, or gold Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. Utah Lake State Park, American Fork Harbor and Lindon Boat Harbor are all excellent locations to fish for white bass as they spawn. For walleye, try using minnow-imitating lures and spoons that vibrate and rattle in order to attract walleye and encourage a strike. Anglers have reported incredible walleye fishing.

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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.

(May 12) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports that the water is warming up to almost 60 degrees and largemouth bass are starting to get more active.

(Apr 29) The reservoir is full. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and the state park reports fair to good fishing.

Willard Bay

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

(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.

(May 19) The water is murky and contains debris. Many anglers are reporting very poor fishing for wiper. However, anglers report catching some decent-sized walleye.

(May 12) Many are going for wipers but not all are finding success. While some anglers have been skunked, others are limiting out quickly. Anglers recommend shad-colored crankbait, jigs, and mussels. Try fishing the north outlet between 6:00am and 9:00am for a greater chance of success. Besides the hit-or-miss fishing for wipers, anglers report decent fishing for walleye.

(May 6) Wiper fever is hitting Willard Bay and anglers are coming out in droves. A large numbers of anglers are reporting that fishing has been good for wipers using mussels from the shore or Rapalas when trolling.

(Apr 29) Reports from anglers vary. They saw slow, fair or good fishing, depending on when they were at the reservoir. Fishing started off slow this past weekend and steadily improved as the week went on, becoming fair to good for wipers in particular. Anglers report fair fishing for catfish and walleye as well.

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