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Revised 05-18-18


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

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Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Several waters on the Abajo Mountains are now accessible, and fishing has been good at most of them.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are sending mixed reports of fishing success.

Bear Lake

Cisco, Cutthroat Trout, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 4) Fishing is fair to good for lake trout and cutthroat trout. The average lake temperature is in the low 40s. We received better fishing reports this week, which suggests that the bite is starting to pick up again. Anglers reported success in 30 to 40 feet of water at a 15-foot lure depth. Trolling was more successful than jigging this week.

Regulations

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.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) All gates are open on the Kents Lake loop, but you may find some wet spots or an occasional snowdrift up high. Access is great up to the Kents lakes. We completed netting surveys this week at the Kents lakes and found plenty of fish, even before the spring stocking. Lower Kents Lake (Tushar) has good numbers of holdover rainbows and brook trout. Middle Kents Lake has lots of tiger trout, with a handful of rainbows and cutthroat. We even caught an 11-pound tiger really, that's not a typo! Upper Kents Lake had the best average size and condition, with plenty of quality-sized cutthroat and brook trout. Now is the time to fish the upper lake before the algae blooms begin. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Benches Pond is accessible, but the ice is melting and too unstable for ice fishing.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using twin-tailed grubs.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 27) We have not received any recent reports from anglers on the Blacksmith Fork, but fishing has recently been slow to fair. Nymphing seems to be working the best.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) All lakes below the rim are accessible and ice-free. The Boulder Top should be accessible by early June. You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 5) We did not receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has been slow to fair with occasional spikes of good fishing right after the lake is stocked. Keep an eye on the stocking report because fishing is typically best for the first few days after stocking. In general, try baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 5) We haven't received any recent angler reports. On January 1, 2017, the regulations changed from artificial fly only to the regular statewide regulations.

Regulations

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The Forest Service gates were recently opened and the lake is currently at full pool. We haven't received any recent angler reports.

Bullock Reservoir

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybred)

No recent reports.

Regulations

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(May 16) Try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners or Rooster Tail spinners, and recover the lure at a medium retrieval speed.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers report good catch rates for decent-sized trout from shore and float tube using leech patterns. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only bait is not allowed.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 5) The bite at Causey has been slow. Anglers are having a hard time getting bites from shore.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The creek is flowing at around 45 cfs with runoff, although it has decreased some in the last few days. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. You can find good fishing as long as flows remain clear.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) There is open water along much of the shoreline at Cleveland Reservoir, so any accessible ice is too unstable for ice fishing. You may soon be able to catch fish from the shore here.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(May 18) Anglers are catching tiger muskies on bass jigs. You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. Trout fishing is extremely slow.

Regulations

Crouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The reservoir is ice free and anglers are catching decent-sized trout. The stream fishing has provided some decent-sized brown trout in the last two weeks. Anglers are having success casting from shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns.

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 18) Anglers have been catching 16- to 22-inch rainbows and some smallmouth bass. Anglers have had success fishing from shore on the northeast side of the dam. Nightcrawlers tipped with an Atlas Mike's marshmallow have been the hot ticket. You can also try using Rooster Tail spinners, Kastmaster spoons or Luhr-Jensen Shyster spinners, and recover the lure at a medium to fast retrieval speed. For those who are trolling, try using popgear, Mack's Lures Wedding Rings or D&H Custom Lures spoons. Troll at 1.8 to 2.0 miles per hour with the lure suspended in 12 to 25 feet of water. The smallmouth bass fishing should start to pick up as temperatures warm.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Apr 27) Although East Canyon was hit-or-miss last week, reports suggest that the bite has improved this week. One angler who was trolling spoons tipped with nightcrawler caught eight rainbow trout and missed six more. They observed that the bite slowly picked up as the morning went on.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Limited releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have begun, and the flow is up to 35 cfs. This flow is still fishable, and fishing should remain fair to good until it increases to 100 cfs.

Regulations

Echo Reservoir

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

(May 5) According to one angler report, which matches multiple reports from the last, Echo is doing fair to good. An angler who caught several 13- to 15-inch trout recommended using a small Jake's lure or PowerBait up near the dam. Worms have also worked well recently.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(May 11) Electric Lake is accessible and still capped with ice, but ice thickness varies and it is too unstable for ice fishing.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so only small boats can launch. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Anglers report slow to fair fishing.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 5) Fishing was fair at the pond this week. Farmington Pond was stocked on April 30 with nearly 500 planter-sized rainbow trout. Keep an eye on the stocking report because fishing is typically best for the first few days after stocking. In general, try baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're trying to catch chubs.

Fish Lake

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Splake (hybrid), Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was canceled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch, take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. The ice is completely gone, and boats are launching. Spring is one of the best times of the year at Fish Lake. Rainbow trout are shallow and can be caught trolling outside the weedline. Perch fishing can be fast just outside the weeds in 15 to 25 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. For splake, move out to 30- to 60-foot depths, use larger jigs and jigging spoons, and tip them with perch meat. You can also catch some lake trout while trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet of water. Before you visit the lake, call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date reports and conditions.

Regulations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Water temperatures are hovering around 55 degrees.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat. Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try to vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well. If trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target small lake trout.

Kokanee salmon: The fishing is unseasonably good fishing and most are biting while anglers troll in 10 to 30 feet of water on dodgers and squids (hot pink) near Anvil and Wildhorse. Use planer boards to troll shallow and get the offering away from the boat. You may graph schools deeper in the middle of the day and have to use downriggers or lead core line to troll for deeper fish. If you find a large concentration, some anglers are catching them while vertically jigging small spoons tipped with Gulp maggots.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good from the shoreline and from boats in depths from 5 to 20 feet of water. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones (orange, green, tan) and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. If you're trolling, try using small spoons or pop gear 10 to 20 feet of water at 1.5 to 2 mph.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow, but the bass are getting more active now that water has warmed into the 50s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are also a good option.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is full. A recent netting survey found abundant splake and tiger trout in phenomenal condition. These fat, healthy fish are active and are providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are having the best success from boats and float tubes, fishing on the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. Fly anglers are having success dragging streamers along the bottom, catching mostly tigers. Spin anglers can catch plenty of both species with Gulp Minnows or swim baits tipped with cut bait. The steep west shoreline gets little pressure and can provide great action from a boat. Shore anglers have found fair fishing with nightcrawlers, jigs and Gulp minnows.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Flows are a bit faster on the upper Fremont because Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Gigliotti Pond was stocked on March 28 with 750 rainbow trout. Try using worms or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers have been catching rainbows that weigh more than a pound. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow or PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait off the bottom. For smallmouth bass, try dropshotting with a Gary Yamamoto Senko and use either a nose or wacky rig.

Regulations

Green River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Cutthroat Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(May 18) Water flows are fluctuating between 1,600 to 3,700 cfs. The timing of the spring high flow release is highly variable, but predicted to start around May 27 and last 14 days. The river has been unseasonably busy. Expect fewer anglers early and late in the day, on weekdays and in upper A-section (Spillway) or lower B-section (Brown's Park). Dry fly fishing is fair. Blue-winged olive hatches are best from 1 to 4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Although the hatches may be good, fish may still feed sub-surface. Nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midge and baetis patterns. Spin fishing is good, especially when the flows are high (after 10 a.m.). Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and medium sized silver spoons and spinners have also been working well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for open hours. The reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun restocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches long) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(May 18) Gunnison Bend Reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(May 5) Holmes Creek Reservoir is a great place to fish if you want somewhere close to home to enjoy this nice weather in relative solitude. Likely owing to the solitude, we didn't receive any angler reports this week. In the past couple of weeks, anglers have reported good fishing for planter-sized rainbow trout. The reservoir was heavily stocked and fishing has been decent with a PowerBait or worm rig. One group of anglers did well tipping their worms with marshmallow last week. They caught several trout over the course of two hours.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 11) Fishing has been slow on Huntington Creek below Electric Lake.

Regulations

Huntington North Reservoir

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Huntington North Reservoir has been stocked with more than 3,000 rainbow trout so far this year. Many of those fish are more than 20 inches long. A recent gillnet survey also produced several largemouth bass that weighed more than three pounds.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 11) The snow on Huntington Reservoir is melting, and the ice underneath is likely too unstable for ice fishing.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 5) Fishing was starting to pick up last week and is still good for rainbow trout. Try using a variety of lures and experimenting to see which is the most appealing to the fish at any given time. Recently, a gold Jake's lure did particularly well. Anglers are primarily catching planter-sized fish, but a few anglers have caught larger rainbows. If you're fishing from shore, try PowerBait and worms.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Splake (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 11) Fishing has been fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits to catch trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck using size 4 beadhead crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line.

Regulations

Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is full, and the water should be clearing up any time. Look for tiger muskie to get more active as the water clears and the weeds grow, from now to early June.

Regulations

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 18) Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows. Try trolling at 1.8 to 2.0 miles per hour with the lure 85 to 100 feet behind. Anglers report that longer lines are producing the best results when trolling. Try using chartreuse spoons or D&H Custom Lures Galaxy Dodgers and Triple Threat Squids. Remember to scent your lure with Smelly Jelly and tip it with a small piece of nightcrawler or a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. Anglers have caught one or two kokanee in the inlet arm, suspended in about 30 feet of water. Shore anglers have reported success using PowerBait or nightcrawlers tipped with Atlas Mike's salmon eggs.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(May 5) Fishing has been slow. One group of anglers last week who fished for over three hours reported that the group only got one bite on a worm during the entire trip. Keep an eye on the stocking report because fishing is typically best for the first few days after stocking. In general, try baits such as nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Spinners tend to do well at the Kaysville Ponds, too.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The water level is very low due to winter releases and poor snowpack, but minimal water will be released through the summer. Hopefully, the reservoir rises or at least maintains its current water level. Fishing is fair to good. A netting survey this week found lots of trout (about 75 percent cutthroat) at 12 to 14 inches, with a handful up to 21 inches. Lots of larger fish are also running up the stream right now to spawn. Unfortunately, it also appears that someone illegally introduced bluegill and green sunfish. The bluegill are unlikely to establish, but we could see a population of green sunfish establish. Hopefully, the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing will be allowed beginning May 19. Remember that the limit allows the harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish here. Rainbow trout have been stocked.

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 18) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,609 feet Water temperatures: 6370F

Striped bass are now actively spawning. Unlike bass, stripers do not build nests on the gravel bottom or protect the young. Male stripers have been ready to spawn since the first of April. Females are now experiencing the spawning trigger which is a rapid water temperature rise. Stripers spawn on the surface which makes a surface disturbance similar to a striper boil, but the event occurs after dark when no one is there to see it. Having witnessed a few of these night time spawning events I can attest that the experience is unforgettable.

My first spawning event occurred on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut in 1984. We located a dormant striper school there in the afternoon and returned on a moonless night. When the night sky was fully dark, we cast white bucktail jigs into the spawning cove, which was 30 feet deep and about 50 yards long. Striped bass males are extremely aggressive when spawning. It was not possible to reel in the jig without getting hit or catching a fish. Occasionally a large female was also hooked. We harvested over 150 stripers weighing 3-4 pounds with a few larger females, including the biggest which weighed in at 22 pounds.

Striped bass spawning will continue for the next two weeks over the length of the lake. It is now possible to see visible striper schools during the day in the clear water. We have seen schools at Buoy 25, and along the east wall of Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek. They tend to move around so I suggest trolling the shoreline at dusk. Mark the spot where a large concentration of fish is found and return there after dark to find the spawners. We recently tried to locate a spawning school before the sun came up by trolling in 12-25 feet with Lucky Craft pointers. When the first fish was caught (4:30 AM MST) we immediately cast randomly around the boat and caught male stripers on every cast until the sky began to lighten up (5 AM). No more fish were caught after light intensity increased at 5:30 AM. These spawning events can be found over the length of the lake.

Bass fishing continues to be the best target for daytime anglers. Smallmouth bass are found over the length of the lake along sloping slick rock shorelines with broken rock habitat. Common holding depth is 3 to 20 feet. They can be caught on green or smoked color plastic jigs, either single or double tail, Senkos, and Ned rigs. It is fun to throw topwater lures at first light and again in the evening. There are still many shorelines that have clear water which makes it necessary to throw very long casts to prevent spooking bass prematurely.

Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will be near any submerged brush pile. Since that is not common at the current water level, look for shaded areas with rock habitat. Use the same lures as listed for smallmouth bass. When trying for bluegill, downsize the bait and add a piece of night crawler to increase the catch.

Walleye are now at their feeding peak for the year. They will be caught more often now, in the next two weeks, than over the rest of the summer. Walleye congregate in shallow, murky coves following a wind event or a tour boat wake in the main channel. They can be caught now by trolling across a main channel point with a diving lure that hits bottom at about 12 feet. It is wise to troll a floating lure as quagga mussels may cut the line as the lure hits bottom. If it is a floater, you can double back and find it on the surface and use it again. Slowly dragging a single tail grub with a night crawler attached along the bottom can be very effective. Using a bottom-bouncing rig with a night crawler harness, slow trolled along a level bottom works as well. Walleye are one of the best fish to eat fish found in Lake Powell. Keep walleye and stripers to help balance the population. There is no limit on these species so keep all you can catch or give away.

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.

Logan River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 5) The river was stocked with nearly 1,000 planter-sized rainbow trout on April 27. Fishing has been fair in several areas along Logan Canyon. Anglers are using anything from a simple nightcrawler setup to flies such as a blue wing olive or zebra midges. The Logan River has special regulations and closures. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. Remember that you can't fish upstream from the Red Banks Campground highway bridge, including all tributaries, until July 14. The lower reaches of the Logan, such as the dams, are still open.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 5) Fishing has been slow to fair. The few anglers catching fish from the shore were using PowerBait or worms.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Access is good. Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 5) The water temperature is around 50F. Anglers report slow fishing again this week, but we've received fewer reports. There's a possibility that things could pick this weekend.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers report good fishing. Most of the fish caught are in the 18- to 21-inch range. Recent gillnet surveys show good numbers of rainbow trout in this same size class. Most were feeding on chironomids, but some included sow bugs, scuds, worms, eggs and shiners. Fly anglers are doing best with nymph or egg patterns. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations for the Fishing With The Fox contest that starts Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. You may catch tagged fish now. If you catch one with a blue 'WIN 2018' tag, email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Brake (hybrid), Brownbows (hybrid), Perch, Rainbow, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Musky (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is full. Rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) The water level at Millsite Reservoir is still low, but it has risen by about 10 feet since the ice thawed. There isn't enough water to launch a boat. The daily limit of 16 fish has been extended for another year at Millsite. Anglers have had success using leeches and crystal buggers.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Fishing has been fair to good lately. Trout are moving away from shorelines so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Surface action on midges has been common on calm evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Look for smallmouth bass to get more active at any time. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. Rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. Results were encouraging despite poor water levels in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers, reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival.

(May 12) Paul Gold & Sherry Powell of Las Vegas fished the western shore and caught 12 rainbows casting and trolling spinners and spoons. "All fish were in the 14 to 18" range. Trout are vibrant and healthy. Conditions were cloudy, cold and windy."

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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 18) Access is good to the Box Creek reservoirs, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The north-end lakes should be stocked soon. Manning Meadow Reservoir is closed to fishing until July 14.

Moon Lake

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Whitefish

No recent reports.

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Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Fishing for splake is slow to fair. Splake are very healthy and aren't feeding regularly, but some nice fish can be caught if you can entice them to hit. Focus on the dike and steeper shorelines. Cut bait, jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait are the best tackle for splake. Rainbow trout that made it through the winter are fairly aggressive and will hit small lures. More rainbows will be stocked soon.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Fishing for trout has been picking up from boats trolling and casting lures. Anglers are also catching a few smallmouth and wipers. Fishing is slower from shore. We conducted a fish population survey recently and found great results for rainbow trout. Rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and are now about 10 to 12 inches long. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches long. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well, despite low water levels in recent years.

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Newton Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

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Nine Mile Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 5) The river was stocked with approximately 2,700 planter-sized rainbow trout on May 1. Fishing is still fair. Anglers aren't catching many large fish, but are enjoying catching the smaller trout. One angler recommended fishing the river where it runs through the canyon. Try using any methods that work in the other northern Utah rivers, like the Weber.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Look for trout to be moving away from shorelines with the warming water temperatures. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. Fishing is fair to good. Our annual netting survey yielded standard results lots of fat, healthy rainbows, with two primary size classes at 1012 inches and 1619 inches. Some fish that weighed more than five pounds have also been caught lately.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 16- to 20-inch rainbows. Try using Luhr-Jensen Needlefish spoons, Blue Fox Minnow Spin spinners, Rooster Tail spinners or Rooster Tail Minnow spinners.

Panguitch Lake

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 18) Fishing has been fair to good from the shore and from boats, but boat fishing will soon be better as the trout move to deeper water for the summer. Our annual netting surveys found plenty of healthy trout. More large rainbows are available this year, possibly due to low ice-fishing pressure during the winter.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) DWR recently conducted a netting survey to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding, following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been substantially reduced, although a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and are now 1011 inches long. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing this year for tiger trout, with an occasional rainbow in the mix

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The gate to Payson Lake is currently closed and will open after Memorial Day.

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Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(May 18) The bass fishing is excellent on warm days, and will only get better. Try fishing in the late afternoon. Carp have started to spawn, so now is a good time to try your hand at bowfishing. Because of a treatment that is currently scheduled for fall 2018, limits have been liberalized. The largemouth bass limit is now 12 and there is no limit on bluegill.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The water is very clear, and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. Rainbow trout have been stocked.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Pineview Reservoir

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

(May 5) Steve of West Valley fished with a partner and caught 1 smallmouth using a tube jig. "water was high 1 bite all day nothing hitting all day"

(May 5) On May 11, the boat ramp at Pineview will begin collecting admission fees. Fishing is still slow.

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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 18) Due to the likelihood of the reservoir being drained this year, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight fish through the remainder of 2018. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated water fluctuation in recent years. Rainbow trout were stocked last fall, but will likely experience poor growth and survival.

Porcupine Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

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Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Provo River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

(May 18) Lower: Fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings. Watch out for midge, blue-winged olive (BWO) and Skwala hatches. Try using sow bugs, Skwala dry flies, BWO emergers and midges. You may have some success with streamers in warmer temperatures.

Middle: The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. Fishing has been best midmorning. Midge and blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are occurring regularly, and Skwala hatches are increasing. Try using cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, hares ears, BWO Barr's emergers, streamers, Skwala stonefly dry flies and nymphs, and a variety of midge larvae and pupae.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Bass are getting more active and moving up into the shallows to spawn.

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Red Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Fishing has started to pick up. Anglers report catching 21-inch wipers. They are feasting on black crappie, so try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and/or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

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Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Rockport Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 27) The water temperature is still quite cold and fishing has been slow to fair. We received one report from a shore angler who caught a few rainbow trout using PowerBait off the bottom. Another angler caught a couple decent-sized rainbow trout but opted not to share what they were using. Other recent angler reports suggested slow fishing.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows, bluegills and an occasional wiper. For rainbows, try using PowerBait Glitter Turbo Dough on a size 14 treble hook or a nightcrawler on a size 6 worm hook tipped with Atlas Mike's salmon eggs.

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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 18) Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crankbaits and ned rigs. They are catching bass from boats and from the shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid pleasure boat traffic.

(Apr 27) Brandon Bezzant of Bluffdale caught 8 largemouth using Spooks and Texas rigs and wacky rig with Senkos. "Top water action is awesome from 6:00 am until 8:am caught all fish in the shallows"

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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft-hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout on April 18.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Try using gold or silver spinners, and recover the lure at a medium retrieval speed.

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Silver Lake

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Smith and Morehouse Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Walleye fishing should be picking up. Kokanee fishing has been extremely slow. The water temperature is hovering in the mid 50s and the visibility is about four feet. The reservoir is full and spilling. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. We encourage anglers to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if anglers catch crappie, we are asking them to please voluntarily release them so this population of crappie can get established in the reservoir.

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Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Shore anglers have been extremely successful fishing for rainbow trout with worms, Jake's lures and traditional PowerBait. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent during the warmer parts of the day. There's Bluegill Fishing Tournament happening on June9, which is Free Fishing Day in Utah. To learn more, and to register, visit the Eventbrite signup page. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. Boaters should be able to launch through the summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October. We also expect there to be no storage water in Steinaker during all of 2019. Work on the dam will begin in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoring of the fishery in 2020.

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Strawberry Reservoir

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

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 12- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 22-inch cutthroats and 14- to 18-inch kokanee salmon. For trout, anglers have reported success using PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with salmon eggs. For kokanee, anglers have reported success trolling at 1.7 to 2.0 miles per hour, with the lure suspended in 15 to 30 feet of water. Try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle gold with silver dodger, hyperplaid Dakota dodger, or silver Tiger Sun Jelly dodger and Slammin' Salmon squids. Scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit or Kokanee Special Super Gel.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(May 18) Access is good to the Solomon Basin lakes. Anglers report fair to good fishing at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. There haven't been any recent reports on access to the south-end lakes, but they may very well be accessible.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows near the dam. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners and spoons with smaller hooks.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Uinta Lakes

Albino Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 5) We haven't received any recent reports on lake conditions in the Uinta Mountains. If the Uinta lakes are still frozen, use caution when accessing the ice. From the north slope of the Uintas, Highway 150 is passable beyond the Whitney turnoff. Runoff has begun in several rivers and streams in the Uintas. The East Fork of the Bear River, Stillwater Fork and Mill Creek are high and off-color. The Bear River is getting high, but wasn't off-color near the ranger station. As of April 29, the Hayden Fork and North Fork Mill Creek didn't have runoff conditions yet.

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Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Anglers have been catching white bass, walleye and channel catfish. The white bass spawn is kicking off, and anglers are harvesting stringers loaded with fish. For white bass, try using curly tail grubs or minnow-imitating lures. For channel catfish, try using chicken livers, nightcrawlers or shrimp.

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Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Try using silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures, Worden's Rooster Tails or Swedish Pimple Hammered spoons tipped with a maggot or mealworm

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Weber River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 5) Fishing for brown trout is fair to good. One angler caught a large brown trout, although the typical fish caught has been much smaller in most reports we've received recently. One angler last week caught several brown trout in the canyon using sowbug, caddis and pheasant-tail patterns. Most of the trout were small, fat and put up a fun fight.

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Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing. Largemouth bass are also becoming more active. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn this spring.

Willard Bay

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

(May 5) We received reports from boat and shore anglers that the water temperature was in the mid-60s, but the wipers weren't active during the evening. Fishing was slow for several shore anglers. One angler caught a decent-sized wiper, but the fish got loose before the angler could get it on the boat. Wiper fishing could improve in the coming weeks.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 11) Willow Lake is now accessible, but roads may be muddy. Use caution.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Try using Jake's Spin-a-Lures, Kastmaster spoons or Blue Fox Vibrax Classic spinners.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The reservoir is full and pretty murky due to runoff from the fire area. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost during the fire (and subsequent runoff), and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Fishing is fair to good.

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Yuba Reservoir

Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Fishing has been slow, and the bite has been hit or miss. For northern pike, try using spinnerbaits, jerkbaits or crankbaits with a fast retrieval.

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