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Revised 09-22-17


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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

(Sep 9) Fishing has been really slow. Try using PowerBait and/or a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure in the morning hours.

Regulations

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

(Sep 9) Fish are very active throughout the day. Try using a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure, in gold or silver. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait should also work. Tiger muskie are a fun fish to target in the summer. Please let us know if you catch one.

Regulations

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Sep 9) Wipers are super active, and anglers are catching them on Rapalas in the evening. You might also try jigs or Rapalas to target tiger muskie, brown trout and rainbow trout in the reservoir. Biologists surveyed the reservoir this summer. The tiger muskie they found were in good condition.

Regulations

Cutler Reservoir

Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish

No recent reports.

Regulations

Deer Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and rainbows. For smallmouth, try using swimbaits in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver-flash minnow. Remember that swimbaits can be fished at varying depths along rock ledges, parallel to points and across ambush points. Plastics are also a great choice for fall smallmouth bass fishing. Popular plastics include worms, jigs and creatures (i.e., crayfish). When using plastics, try a crawling motion that mimics how a minnow or creature would move through the water. For trout, try trolling popgear (tipped with bait) or neon-colored wedding rings; drifting a nightcrawler-and-marshmallow combo; or using PowerBait.

(Sep 16) Anglers are catching rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. For trout, anglers should try drifting PowerBait or nightcrawlers. For walleye, try using a 1/4-ounce orange-and-red jighead tipped with a nightcrawler or three-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and bouncing the bait off the bottom.

(Sep 8) Anglers are catching rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. For trout, anglers should try drifting PowerBait or nightcrawlers. For walleye, try using a 1/4-ounce orange-and-red jighead tipped with a nightcrawler or three-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and bouncing the bait off the bottom.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Sep 21) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Fishing was good this week for wipers and rainbow trout. One angler reported good success on the south end of the reservoir between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. while trolling using pop gear with a worm. They also said that they tried the east side of the reservoir and didn't have any bites. Shore anglers recommended using PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup near the dam.

(Sep 14) Fishing is still fair at East Canyon. Successful anglers are mostly pulling in rainbow trout. Try using orange, green or rainbow PowerBait if you're fishing from shore. Spoons and pop gear with a worm have also worked well.

(Sep 9) Fishing is currently fair, primarily for rainbow trout. Try using orange, green or rainbow PowerBait if you're fishing from shore. A spoon or popgear with a worm has also worked well.

(Sep 1) Fishing has slowed down, according to recent reports. Successful anglers are mostly pulling in rainbow trout. Try using orange PowerBait, spoons or pop gear with a worm.

Echo Reservoir

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

(Sep 21) Fishing is fair to good for small bass, perch and rainbow trout. Worms have worked well. Anglers reported good fishing by the dam if they were on a boat, or from the rocks on the east side of the reservoir if they were fishing from the shore.

(Sep 14) Fishing is fair to good for small bass and perch as well as rainbow trout. Worms have worked well. If you're using lures, red and gold have been successful colors recently. Anglers reported good fishing by the dam if they were on a boat, or from the rocks on the east side of the reservoir if they were fishing from shore.

(Sep 9) Fishing is fair to good for small bass and perch, and rainbow trout. Worms have worked well. If you're using lures, red and gold have been successful colors recently. Boat anglers report good fishing by the dam . Shore anglers recommend fishing from the rocks on the east side.

(Sep 1) Fishing is still very good for small fish. One angler caught huge numbers of smallmouth bass — including a few larger fish — by casting a nightcrawler and split shot 15 to 20 feet and jigging it toward the shore. When fished on the bottom of the reservoir, this rig also caught a large catfish. Last week, anglers reported success from the shore while using golden spoons and red spinners on a slow retrieve. Another angler who was trolling by the dam got into some nice rainbow trout.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Some dead trout have been observed lately, resulting from warm water temperature. This does not mean that all the trout are gone, however. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep. Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Fishing is fair for bluegill and rainbow trout. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout on September 13. Keep an eye on the stocking reports, as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best in the first few days after it is stocked.

(Sep 14) Anglers are reporting slow fishing with the only catches being tiny bluegill.

(Sep 9) Anglers are reporting very slow fishing.

(Sep 1) Anglers report slow fishing.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 9) Fishing has been fair to good across the Gorge, depending on what species you're fishing for.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Kokanee have moved down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week were 75 to 95 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.4 to 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to the depth where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, purple, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have worked best. Small kokanee are more abundant this year. To catch bigger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch cutthroat trout. The water temperatures are high, so fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or troll pop gear at 10 to 15 feet deep. Spinners and small spoons have also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink a bit, and then slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes during the retrieve. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, more are likely in the area. Pinch the barbs on your hooks down so you can quickly release fish and catch more.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. 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. Use a fish finder to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. To target aggressive pups, troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-in-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. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. To catch bass on the surface, try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earthtone colors), the primary forage of smallmouth bass, are the best option. For bigger fish, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. There have only been a few reports, but some anglers are catching them while trolling for kokanee salmon. Others are catching burbot while jigging spoons for lake trout. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30 to 40 feet of water. The best fishing happens at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Anglers are catching rainbow trout using traditional bait like worms or PowerBait.

(Sep 1) The pond was stocked with rainbow trout six times this summer. Try using worms or PowerBait to catch them.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass – which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Sep 14) Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Sep 21) Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 14) Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 9) Anglers continue to report slow to fair fishing. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 1) Anglers continue to report slow to fair fishing. Try topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Huntington North Reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout averaging over 10 inches on Aug. 22. Try using worms or PowerBait for the rainbows. Anglers have also had luck catching largemouth bass and wiper on spinner lures.

(Sep 1) Fishing for wiper should pick up soon as the temperature starts to drop. Try using spinners or crayfish crankbaits to catch them. The reservoir was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on Aug. 22.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 21) The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is 60 percent full. Both anglers and the state park report that fishing has been fair to good for trout and bass at Hyrum this week. As temperatures cool off, trout fishing is expected to pick up.

(Sep 14) Fishing has been fair for trout and bass. On September 8, the reservoir was stocked with 30 rainbow trout averaging 23 inches in length.

(Sep 9) Anglers report slow to fair fishing. The primary catch was small perch. Anglers have recently reported catching huge numbers of tiny bass as well. These little fish are only a few inches long, but have been biting readily and are fun for children to catch.

(Sep 1) Anglers are seeing more success! They're catching large numbers of perch as well as some decent-sized trout. Anglers are also reporting catching tons of tiny bass. These little fish are only a few inches long, but have been biting readily and are fun for children to catch.

Jordan River

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass

No recent reports.

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching rainbows, smallmouth bass and perch. There are reports of successful fishing for all species parallel to the Rock Cliff shoreline. For bass, try using green-pumpkin-colored four-inch Gary Yamamoto Senkos, rigged in either a Texas rig or wacky nose rig. When you use plastics, remember to mimic the coloration of the primary prey species. If the water is off-colored or there are low light conditions, use dark plastics, and if the water is clear or there are good light conditions, use bright-colored plastics. For trout, try jigging white tube jigs or neon-colored Aero-Jig Woolly Bugger jigs, or troll with chartreuse wedding rings.

(Sep 8) Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, perch and rainbow trout. For trout, try targeting deeper water and floating PowerBait just off the bottom. For perch, try using a chartreuse 1/32-ounce jighead or Rat Finkee tipped with a nightcrawler. Fish within two feet of the bottom and pound the bottom with your bait. This can be like ringing a dinner bell for perch.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Sep 21) Fishing is good as bluegill were hitting almost any bait. Nightcrawlers are always a good one to try first, but anglers were also pulling in a few catfish as well. One angler reports catching a 14 inch bass using a rubber frog. If you're looking for a place to take children fishing, Kaysville might be a good water to consider this week.

(Sep 14) Fishing is still fair to good for bluegill and catfish. Try fishing with a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber. If you're looking for a place to take children fishing, Kaysville might be a good water to consider this week.

(Sep 9) Fishing is fair to good for bluegill and catfish. Try fishing with a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber.

Regulations

Lake Powell

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

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,629 feet Water temperatures: 76–79°F

Lake Powell fishing is always amazing. While working on the lake this week, my goal was to get to Good Hope Bay to repeat the fantastic boils I experienced on my previous trip, but wind has complicated fishing all week. My first stop was the San Juan, where we expected a few striper boils. We did not expect the magnum boils that developed along the north wall of Neskahi Bay on the morning of September 19. Active stripers were leaping high out of the water and hitting our surface lures consistently. If they went down for a few minutes, we just dropped spoons and caught more until they returned to the top. We had to leave them boiling to head uplake for the Good Hope Bay experience.

More wind greeted us at Good Hope Bay, and we only found one short, small boil. The next morning we ran all the way to White Canyon and did not see anything but a few single stripers hitting the surface. We saw very few boils from September 16 to 20.

What does this mean for boils this week? There will be boils lakewide, but the timing and location are not assured. Stripers are very fat and aggressive, and are constantly chasing shad — but much of that is happening in deeper water now. Instead of just scanning the surface, it is more important to watch the graph to find resting striper and shad schools in deeper water. You can catch these fish in 30 to 90 feet of water on spoons, downrigger trolling and even on bait.

My plan for the rest of the 2017 fishing season is take three rods. Attach a surface lure to one, a spoon on the next and a plastic shad-shaped worm on the third. With this combination, you can catch fish in any location of any canyon on Lake Powell. Stripers will hit surface lures and spoons depending on their depth and location. Smallmouth bass will crush the plastic bait.

My goal for the rest of the year will be to look for surface action, but it is fine to catch bass and stripers while scanning for a boil. Here is what to expect over the length of the lake:

Southern Lake: Spoons will be the most effective striper lure from Wahweap to Rainbow. Stripers are moving toward the backs of canyons. Rock Creek has the best recent reports from the backs of the three canyons. Bass are hitting well on the breaking edge of brushy points where the depth quickly falls from 12 to 25 feet.

San Juan: Expect striper boils in Cha, Wilson Creek and Neskahi Bay and uplake to the Great Bend. Spoons will work consistently in most canyons from the mouth of the side canyon to about half way back. Bass fishing in the San Juan is unsurpassed lakewide.

Escalante: Striper boils and spooning will be best from 50 Mile Canyon to Cow Canyon. Smallmouth fishing is very predictable on every rock slide in the main canyon.

Bullfrog: Spooning is the best striper technique. Start at Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay and travel as far as Iceberg and Slick Rock downstream or Moki to Hansen Creek upstream. Rincon is awesome for bass fishing.

Good Hope Bay to Hite: Boils will start up again but the start date is unknown. Until then, use spoons to catch a lot of stripers. Trachyte Canyon to White is my best guess, but the water color is murky. It may be better to spoon in clear water from Good Hope downstream. I wish I could pin this down better but I did not find a consistent pattern during the day I was there. I saw my best boil in Popcorn Canyon across from Ticaboo.

Have fun fishing now that summer is over and autumn has arrived. There will be some monster boils at random times on random days lakewide, but you'll catch more stripers from deep schools that you graph on the bottom while waiting for the lake to boil.

(Sep 14) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,629 feet Water temperatures: 78–81°F

I had the pleasure of fishing with Adam Eakle who hosts hunting and fishing videos for KSL TV (Channel 5 in Salt Lake City). Adam wanted to make a video of striper boil fishing. The video will air on KSL on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. We agreed to fish in the northern lake on Sept. 7 because stripers were not boiling well in the southern lake.

Boils have been consistent in the northern lake from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon. The best time to see them is from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. After the boils cease, you can still catch stripers on spoons in the vicinity of the boil.

With this information to guide us, we launched from Bullfrog at dawn and headed uplake scanning for boils as we cruised. We saw a nice sunrise at Buoy 110. A few minutes later, near Buoy 113, we saw our first boil. It was small and widespread, but we caught our first stripers of the day. Around the next corner, Buoy 114, we found the first big boil and caught stripers on top for the next 40 minutes. We cruised uplake, looking for more, and saw them near the left hand wall just past the floating restroom. We caught boiling fish constantly for the next 45 minutes. When the stripers went down, five anglers quickly filleted over 100 stripers with electric knives on our boat. With the fillets cooling in the ice chest, we resumed our trip to White Canyon. We were not disappointed to see a quick boil as we neared Battleship Rock. These fish did not stay on top long, so we used spoons to catch a few more. Then we turned around to head back down lake and ran into another boil at 10:20 a.m. The total count from White Canyon was 30 more stripers, which brought the morning total to 130 fish. Not a bad day. The breeze was increasing, so we headed in.

On Sept. 12, we launched at Wahweap Stateline and passed through the Castle Rock Cut. Anglers had caught stripers on the Warm Creek side of Castle Rock the day before using spoons, with a few fish hitting the surface. We saw a few fish come up behind Castle Rock. We headed for the splash rings, but no more fish surfaced. A quick look at the graph changed our attitude and we switched from surface fishing to deep water spoons. Once we deployed spoons, the stripers jumped into the boat for the next half hour. When the sonar screen went blank, we saw stripers breaking the surface near the shore. We grabbed the surface lures and rushed toward shore, where we caught another 10 fish in widespread boils. With 30 fish in the cooler, we headed toward the back of Warm Creek but were delayed near the floating restroom by a bigger and tighter boil. We caught 20 more stripers from this boil on surface lures. The surface action was over by 9 a.m. At the fish cleaning station, we counted 55 stripers that we had caught in less than three hours.

This week's report is simple. Look for surface action for the first three hours of each morning. Cast surface lures to the boiling fish. After they go into deeper water, find them on the graph and drop spoons to the bottom to catch many more. Striper fishing is hot. Expect this to continue through the rest of September and into October. Boil time is the first three hours after daylight and then the last two hours before dark. They also come up randomly during the day.

Smallmouth bass have been reportedly boiling with stripers on the San Juan. Stripers chase shad, which run toward the shore where they can hide in the brush line. Bass wait in the brush for shad to swim by and ambush them. Near shore this morning, we caught some nice two-pound smallmouth on surface lures while casting to stripers.

Fishing is heading towards a fall peak that has not been seen for a very long time. Don't leave home without a surface lure and a spoon close at hand.

(Sep 8) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,630.5 feet Water temperatures: 81–85°F

Lake Powell was busy over Labor Day weekend. The weather was warm and the winds were calm. Many visitors enjoyed camping in the warm and beautiful summer conditions. There will be another week or two of warm weather, and then the cooler fall weather will arrive. Right now the lake is capped with 80°F-plus water, which is warm for really good fishing. In the spring time, the best fishing occurs when the water warms into the 60s. Right now, we are waiting for the temperature to drop into the 70s. Once that happens, here is what you can expect:

Striped Bass: Small stripers are accustomed to feeding in really warm water. The quick boils of Labor Day weekend featured 8- to 13-inch stripers. Older stripers that have boiled the last two months have done very well. They are two inches longer, fat and strong. I didn't hear many reports about larger stripers feeding on top, which means that the bigger fish were too hot to boil, the lake was too busy or shad were moving away from main channel spots that were hot a week ago. It really does not matter why there were less boils because there are still huge schools of shad in the backs of the canyons. Stripers will now move out of the main channel and work toward the backs of the canyon. The next boil period will likely erupt as soon as stripers make the transition to searching the canyons, instead of the main channel, and find shad in side canyons lakewide. I predict that top water fall fishing will begin in mid-September and boils will be big and long lasting. Expect boils to be near shore instead of in the middle of the channel. Look for giant splashes in the backs of canyons.

It has been difficult to see stripers on the graph because the schools are spread out and chasing individual shad near the surface. When the schools become tighter and are move to shallower water, it will be easier to identify a striper school. During the fall, always have a top-water lure ready to cast, but use a spoon when you see a school on the fish finder.

Smallmouth Bass: You can find smallmouth in deeper water when the surface water is so warm. Recently, the best technique has been to visibly locate a submerged brushy reef near shore. Move to the breaking edge of the reef and fish on the next drop off where water depth is 15 to 30 feet deep. Smallmouth are grouped in schools in the deeper water. You can see these groups of fish holding near the bottom. Once you're over the school, drop plastic grubs on leadhead jigs or dropshot-rigged, shad-shaped worms into the school. Right now, bass fishing is a lot like striper fishing. You can locate bass on the graph rather than just looking for the right structure and bottom depth.

I have found the best bass schools by trolling a mid-depth crankbait along the breaking edge of the reef. When you catch a bass, check for curious followers by casting plastic grubs to them as they chase the hooked fish right up to the boat. Bass fishing has been quite good using this method. Catch bass until they leave the spot or the boat drifts away, and then troll again to find another hungry group.

Bluegill: Adult bluegill have grown quite large. You can find them in the deepest brushy water available. With the lake water level going down, those brush piles are getting shallower and are visible in the clear water. Drop mealworms or Gulp minnows down to the tops of the brush to catch some very colorful feisty fish.

Channel catfish: Catfish are active in the evening near camp. Use some leftovers from dinner right behind the houseboat on a sandy beach in water that is about 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfish really like the murky water near the end of the canyon where good campsites are found.

Fishing is still really good at the lake, but will get even better in the weeks to come.

(Sep 1) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,631 feet Water temperatures: 79–83°F

After returning from a week's vacation, there were a number of exciting fishing reports waiting. Striper boils were reported much closer to my home port at Wahweap. Normally, large boils require travel to the San Juan or Good Hope Bay. These boils were a short boat ride away at Castle Rock, Warm Creek and Navajo. With great anticipation, we loaded up and headed out Tuesday morning before dawn.

The sunrise was absolutely beautiful as we crossed Wahweap Bay on perfectly calm water. We saw single fish splashing near Castle Rock, but headed uplake looking for a larger fish concentration. As we turned the corner heading to the main channel, the wind came up which prevented us from going to the mouth of Navajo. We fought the wind all the way to Gunsight, then Labyrinth, Face and finally stopped at Gregory Butte. We didn't see any boils through the white caps. The wind finally quit as we headed back down lake to Labyrinth.

In flat water, we finally saw stripers hitting the surface. These stripers were in wide spread, small pods of three to six fish covering a large cove. We caught a fat, healthy striper each time our topwater lures landed near a surfacing fish, but only one fish from each pod with lots of chasing. These were not the large striper boils we were looking for. So we moved on.

One report indicted a consistent boil in the main channel between buoys 13 and 15. We found a school at mid-morning, but they went down before we could get to them. We caught one fish blind casting to the vacated spot. We saw a quick boil at Labyrinth wall, but they went down before we could cast.

In short, stripers did not welcome me back with open fins. The wind kept the stripers down during the morning prime time. When the wind stopped, the stripers stayed deep. My striper boil report is a recap of reports received recently from anglers that did catch a lot of stripers in boils in the southern lake. In the past few days, anglers reported striper boils at Castle Rock (Warm Creek side), mouth of Navajo, main channel between buoys 13 and 15, Gunsight, and Face Canyon.

Some of these boils were huge and lasted a long time. Stripers could be boiling right now at the spots I visited this morning. In fact, we met anglers at the fish cleaning station who caught boiling stripers at Castle Rock at 7 a.m. If we had gone down toward the dam instead of Warm Creek this morning, we would have witnessed an hour long boil in the cove halfway between Wahweap Marina and Buoy 1. More evening boils were reported near Buoy 9 just uplake from Antelope Point Marina. In short, boils are where you find them, but the morning and evening are still the best time to look.

Uplake, anglers found strong boils in the back of Halls Creek. Last week's hot spots seem to be quiet right now. Each time I make this report, though, those old boil spots take off again so don't be afraid to return to a spot that has recently boiled.

We stopped and trolled in a few spots this morning and found smallmouth bass, and an occasional striper willing to hit crankbaits, near rocky reefs or long primary points. We caught the best and biggest in the early morning shadows, particularly in the area just vacated by surface feeding stripers. In the bright sunlight, the size of smallmouth that we would catch declined dramatically. Smallmouth bass anglers were not doing well when we talked to them mid-morning. I suggest trolling to find a good bass spot and then using dropshot rigs with shad-shaped worms.

Fishing was tough for us this morning because of the wind. When that happens, stripers often feed at mid-day or again in the evening. I think I will go out again this afternoon. Catching stripers on top water lures is the most exciting fishing that happens in fresh water.

Regulations

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.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Due to the toxic algae bloom last week, we have not received any fishing reports from anglers this week. Before the bloom, fishing was fair to good for bass. Once temperatures begin to cool off, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up.

(Sep 14) Fishing has been fair to good for bass. One angler said that bass fishing is good at Mantua, while another reported slow fishing. We have not received any recent reports on the perch or bluegill bite. Once temperatures begin to cool off, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up at Mantua.

(Sep 9) Fishing has been fair for bass and perch. Anglers recommend topwater frogs and curlytail grubs. Boat anglers have been catching more fish than those fishing from shore.

(Sep 1) Fishing has been fair. If you're targeting bass, anglers recommend using topwater frogs. Recently, anglers have been catching large numbers of perch from the shore, but we have received very few reports on the bluegill bite this summer.

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Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Trout fishing should start to improve with cooling water temperatures. Some trout can be caught trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with 4- to 6-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to 8 pounds.

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Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Wipers are being caught on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

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Newton Reservoir

Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Yellow Perch

No recent reports.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Sep 9) Fly anglers are using a range of patterns, from dry flies to nymphs to tiny jigs. Those using spinning gear are throwing a worm or two-inch Berkley Power Grub on a No. 12 hook. If you're interested in catching larger bass, throw a weedless frog pattern among the reeds early or late in the day. The daily limit at the lake is 12 largemouth bass. There's no limit on bluegill.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(Sep 21) Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Pineview for tiger muskie, bass and crappie.

(Sep 14) One angler reports slow fishing. This is consistent with reports from previous weeks in which anglers reported slow to fair fishing for tiger muskie, bass and crappie.

(Sep 1) Anglers report good fishing for smallmouth bass at Pineview. A few anglers have recently caught tiger muskies, but there haven't been any muskie catches reported 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

(Sep 14) The reservoir is dropping rapidly and is currently under 10% capacity. A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 9) Yellow perch and eight-inch wipers are active and biting. During a survey this summer, biologists discovered some of the wipers stocked last year have reached almost 19 inches in length. Most of the wipers anglers are catching, though, are 8 to 10 inches long. Fishing for these small wipers has been hot; some anglers have caught a wiper on almost every cast. Anglers are encouraged to harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Anglers have been actively catching wipers, walleye, yellow perch and black crappie from the shoreline and from boats. Try fishing from the shoreline during the middle of the day using Rooster Tails and Jake's Spin-A-Lure lures tipped with bait. Anglers fishing in the evening are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the brush creek stream inlet and in the backs of many of the coves.

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Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Rockport Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 21) Fishing for rainbow trout and perch has been fair to good. Worms, spinners and Rapalas worked well, according to anglers. Shore fishers reported that PowerBait did well – especially garlic, peach and rainbow.

(Sep 14) Fishing for rainbow trout and perch is fair to good. Worms, spinners and Rapalas worked well, according to anglers. Shore fishers reported that PowerBait, especially garlic and peach, did well. We did not receive any reports on the quality of the smallmouth bass bite, but recently bass fishing has been good as well.

(Sep 9) Fishing for rainbow trout and perch is fair to good. Worms, spinners and Rapalas have worked well, according to anglers. One group of anglers caught several perch and smallmouth bass on the south end of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend PowerBait — especially the peach color.

(Sep 1) According to anglers, the bite for rainbow trout and perch is still good. Try a dropshot with a worm near the rocks if you're targeting bass. For perch, anglers report that a simple worm will often do the trick.

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Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The “Ned” rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 9) Great walleye and kokanee fishing continues at the reservoir. For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. To help the yellow perch population, biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 18-inch walleye. To catch walleye, try fishing in 15 to 24 feet of water using Rapalas or jig heads tipped with worms. Jigs that imitate crayfish are also working well. The walleye are very aggressive and will bite on almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers are finding success using size 6-8 beadhead leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. This spring, DWR biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and stocked them in Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, please voluntarily release them so they can help establish this new population.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 9) The summer irrigation season is underway, and the water level is dropping. Bluegill fishing is still fast for anglers fishing from boats. For decent-sized bluegill, try fishing along the northern shoreline. For largemouth bass, try along the rocky shore on the reservoir's east side. Try using small tube jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8 to 15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you can use a casting bubble or a slip bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Note: The DWR has issued an emergency change that removes fish limits at Steinaker. You're welcome to keep all of the fish you catch. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 and will likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing Steinaker down this year, and in 2018, so the dam can be repaired. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool, and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Sep 22) Anglers have been catching cutthroats of all sizes. Anglers have had success using white tube jigs and nightcrawlers. If trolling, use popgear tipped with bait or try chartreuse or pink wedding rings in about 18 to 22 feet of water. For shore fishing, anglers have reported success on the east bank of the Soldier Creek side and at Chicken Creek West. Hundreds of kokanee salmon are currently running up the Strawberry River to spawn. This is an incredible sight and is a great activity for families and youth. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure protects the spawning salmon.

(Sep 8) Anglers have been catching cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anglers have had success drifting natural garlic scent and glitter chartreuse PowerBait and curly tail grubs tipped with a nightcrawler. Try fishing near The Meadows, east of Haws Point or near Chicken Creek West. There are hundreds of kokanee salmon running up Indian Creek and the Strawberry River. Please remember that you cannot possess Kokanee from September 10—November 30 to protect spawning kokanee.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) Anglers have been catching white bass and channel catfish. For catfish, try using chicken livers, Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers or sucker cut bait. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jig head, cut bait or chartreuse Marabou jigs. Anglers report that the white bass are larger and more abundant than in years past.

(Sep 8) Anglers have been catching channel catfish, white bass and walleye. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch chartreuse, pearl or white curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jighead, or gold Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. For walleye, try jigging a chartreuse 1/4-ounce jighead tipped with bait and bouncing it off the bottom. You can also use minnow-imitating lures or rattle traps.

(Sep 1) Terry of Payson fished the morning at Provo State Park and caught 3 good-sized channel cats and 1 white bass using shrimp.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Largemouth bass and bluegill are active and providing good to excellent fishing using jigs and minnow imitations. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring.

Willard Bay

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

(Sep 21) Anglers report good fishing for brown trout. While they recommended catching them on the fly, they did not specify which patterns were doing best this week. The river was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on September 13.

(Sep 14) The water temperature is still approximately 75 degrees. Fishing for smallmouths and catfish has been decent this week, including from the shore. The wiper bite was more variable, with some anglers catching nothing and others limiting out quickly. We received much fewer reports of boiling action. If you're fishing for wipers, anglers recommend you go during the evening using mussels or any lure that imitates a shad.

(Sep 9) Fishing reports for wiper have varied wildly—ranging from slow to hot depending on the angler, the day and the time of day. Wiper fishing was best in the evening, according to some reports, and anglers even report explosive boiling action when they caught huge numbers of fish very quickly. One angler said that the boils on September 3 were unlike anything he had ever experienced at Willard. Other anglers fished multiple days and said that some days were good to hot and some were slow. Shore fishing was fair overall. One angler caught a couple decent-sized wiper over the course of a morning and noticed that other shore anglers were also experiencing fair fishing.

For wipers, anglers recommend virtually any lure that looks like a shad: Shad Raps, Rapalas such as the Rattlin' Rapala, Kastmasters, or anything white or chrome. Wipers were hitting mussels as well. When the fish are biting, they're biting aggressively and putting up a good fight that anglers enjoy. Several of the wipers that anglers reported catching were decent-sized.

Anglers also report good to hot fishing for catfish and walleye at Willard as well. A worm has been very successful in bringing in decent-sized catfish. Walleye anglers caught several fish by fishing near the bottom.

(Sep 1) Fishing is good to hot at Willard. Many anglers are reporting boils, especially in the shallow areas. Anglers also have reported boils near willows and by the west dike. We have received several reports of anglers quickly limiting out on wiper. Some anglers report catching dozens of wiper. Anglers say that virtually any lure that looks like a shad will do the trick: Shad Raps, Rapalas (such as the Rattlin' Rapala), Kastmasters or pretty much anything white or chrome. Wipers are also hitting mussels. Most of the catches reported were not very large, but the fish are biting aggressively and putting up a fun fight for anglers. Catfishing at Willard has been quite good as well. A simple worm is very successful at bringing in some nice catfish.

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