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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.

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY -- For more information on individual lakes and fish species: Click here for DWR information.


Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Several lakes in the Abajo Mountains have been stocked with rainbow trout this summer, including Blue Lake, Lloyds Lake and Monticello Lake. Try using traditional fishing methods, including worms, PowerBait and spinner lures.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Trout fishing slows down during the heat of the summer.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 21) Fishing is picking up for lake trout. One angler reports catching nine decent-sized lake trout by using tube jigs in 50 to 80 feet of water. Good spots to try are the Rock Pile and Gus Rich Point.

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

(Sep 14) Fishing is reported as fair to good. Trolling gold Jake’s Spin-a-lures has worked well lately at Kent’s Lake for rainbow and tiger trout. Some rainbows are also being caught from shore with Power Bait.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Benches Pond was stocked most recently on Aug. 9 with rainbow trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinner lures.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 9) The best trout fishing is happening early in the morning and later in the evening. Perch are biting well. Continue using a variety of PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Jake's Spin-A-Lure lures to catch trout and perch. If you fish from a boat, try fishing for bass in mid-afternoon. Bass are biting on PowerBait and crankbaits.

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

(Sep 21) While we have not received any reports from anglers this week, fishing has recently been fair to good. If you don't have flies, try using a Rapala or spinner.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake’s, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers 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

(Sep 16) Boulger Reservoir was stocked on Aug. 9 with rainbow trout. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinner lures.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) Fishing is fair to good for bluegill and catfish. Fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber were both productive strategies. 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.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

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

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 9) The reservoir is full, and fishing has been good for stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout. Most of the fish are less than 12 inches long, but fishing for them can be fast. Try fishing bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. Fly fishing has been good early and late in the day.

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

Burraston Ponds

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 21) The ponds will be stocked on Sept. 25. Anglers are using PowerBait or nightcrawlers to catch rainbows that range from 8 to 10 inches long.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 9) More than 3,500 cutthroat have been stocked this summer, but we've received no recent angler reports to let us know if they're biting. The six-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They're about 11–12 inches this year and are in good condition.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Sep 21) DWR Aquatics biologists have received reports that after a late start, the kokanee are now running. There are thousands of spawners at Causey right now. We expect the spawning run to last at least another two to three weeks.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Fishing is good with dry flies, terrestrials, and nymphs. Spin fishers should use flashy spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Blue Fox) or natural baits like night crawlers or salmon eggs.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Cleveland Reservoir was most recently stocked with rainbow trout on July 12. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinner lures in deeper water for catching larger rainbow trout.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Various species of wild trout can be found in Corn, Chalk, Meadow, and Oak creeks. Fishing can be fair to good using small spinners, natural baits like night crawlers, and dry flies. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are also stocked near campgrounds in Cork, Chalk, and Oak creeks.

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

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

(Sep 9) If you visit this reservoir, you can enjoy cool mountain temperatures while fishing from the boat ramp. Anglers are catching fish in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Try fishing worms or PowerBait right on the bottom. Anglers are also finding success casting sinking Rapalas, in trout patterns, from shore. The road is very wash boarded, so take your time getting there. Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms.

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.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 16) Duck Fork Reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout on Aug. 18. Try using black-and-orange beadhead woolly buggers or crystal buggers in brown, green and pearl combinations. Leech patterns may also work well.

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.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 14) Kingston Canyon: Flow has increased to over 300 cfs due to irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Fishing is difficult at this flow.

Black Canyon: Fair to good fishing can be found using streamers and nymphs.

Upper: The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though an occasional big brown can be caught just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like night crawlers and grass hoppers. We have also begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in 3-4 years.

Regulations

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.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Sep 16) Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30. Try using a spinner or tube jig for catching trout in deeper parts of the Lake.

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.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Harvest of Kokanee salmon is now closed through Nov 30. The other typical summer fishing patterns continue, though we should see some increased trout activity as the weather and water cool off in the next few weeks. You will also see less fishing pressure in the fall. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. Rainbow trout can be caught while trolling or bait fishing from boats. Perch fishing is providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger, and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort (435) 638-1040 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

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

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Good success reported for nice tiger trout casting streamers from a boat or tube, as wells as fishing night crawlers from shore.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Flow in the upper Fremont has increased.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

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

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) The reservoir is low, but anglers have been catching 12- to 14-inch rainbows. For rainbows, try drifting pink or white curly tail grubs tipped with bait, or jigging neon-colored Marabou jigs with a medium retrieve.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Sep 9) Dry fly fishing has been fair. The yellow sally hatches have tapered off, but caddis hatches are still good in the evening. Try a caddis with a grey or black abdomen. Terrestrials like hoppers, crickets, and ants are also a good option this time of year. Nymph fishing is good. Try a dropper with a cicada or hopper on top and a midge, mayfly or caddis nymph trailing a few feet below. Fishing late in the day should provide the most success and the lowest fishing and recreational pressure. Spin fishing is fair. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown trout-patterned crankbaits will also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs so you can release fish quickly.

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.

Regulations

Honeyville Ponds

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

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.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Sep 16) Anglers are catching quite a few tiger trout in the mornings. Some anglers have had success using crystal bugger flies in brown, green and pearl color combinations, or black-and-orange beadhead woolly buggers. Most of the fish have been in 15 to 30 feet of water, so fishing has been best from a boat or tube. Trout have ranged from 13 to 17 inches long.

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.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 16) Anglers are catching large cutthroat trout and splake using spinner lures and chub meat. Try fishing along the rocky shorelines south of the dam.

Regulations

Johnson Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Musky, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

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

(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.

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.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) The reservoir is now closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches – all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. Fishing is fair to good for fly and lure anglers fishing from boats and tubes. Look for fishing success to improve as the water cools down in the fall.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) A recent netting survey found few trout, although a few big cutthroat trout were caught. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout we stock here. You have the chance to catch some large fish at Koosharem, but you’ll have to put in plenty of time. Rainbow trout have been stocked this year.

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.

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

(Sep 21) Fishing has been good according to anglers. If you don't have flies, try using a Panther Martin or Rapala.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) One angler reports good fishing, but opted not to share what tackle they were using. Recently, fishing has been slow to fair.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Good to excellent fishing reported.

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.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 9) The algal bloom has subsided, and anglers are catching fish again. Try casting marabou jigs or fishing bait (worms, PowerBait) close to the bottom.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) Fair to good fishing reported for small and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout casting streamers from float tubes. Slow to fair fishing from shore.

Regulations

Miller's Flat Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) The reservoir was stocked on June 12 with more than 21,000 rainbow trout. The rainbows averaged almost five inches in length. These fish will likely reach a catchable size during the fall.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 16) Fishing access is difficult because of the construction on the dam, but there are still fish in the reservoir. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch tiger trout.

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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Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 14) Fair to good fishing reported at the Box Creek reservoirs. Slower fishing at the north end lakes and Manning Meadow Reservoir.

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

(Sep 14) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. Look for splake to get more active as the water cools down in the next few weeks.

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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Nine Mile Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 21) Anglers report good fishing in many locations along the river. Try using worms, Rapalas or gold Panther Martins. The river was stocked with 1,600 rainbow trout on September 13.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Sep 14) The water level is dropping with irrigation releases and the reservoir is at 49% full. Look for trout to start getting more active with cooling water in the next few weeks. Until then, summer fishing patterns will continue with best fishing from boats – both trolling and bait fishing. If fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park. Anglers have noticed sores and spots on many rainbow trout caught recently. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall.

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Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows using garlic PowerBait and salmon eggs. You can also try casting Mepps Aglia Dressed Spinners or Yakima Flatfish lures.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Sep 14) Trout have moved to deeper water due to warm temperatures, so fishing from boats is best now. Many anglers are bait fishing from boats and doing well for rainbow trout. Night crawlers and Power Bait are producing best. You can also troll lures and flies and catch plenty of fish.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open, however, it appears that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar.

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Payson Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Anglers have been catching rainbows. Try using PowerBait under a bubble with a medium retrieve.

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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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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system improved overwinter survival and there are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

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

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

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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

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

(Sep 22) Lower: Flows are slowing down. There are sporadic nymph and pale morning dun (PMD) hatches throughout the day, and caddis hatches every evening. We are entering the pre-spawn stage for brown trout. As we move towards the spawn, you will start to see males demonstrating more aggressive behavior, and females bedding up on redds. Streamers will provide great results as the spawn unfolds. Try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and PMD emergers.

Middle: The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are sporadic PMD and nymph hatches, and caddis hatches every evening until 9 p.m. Try using caddis dries, larvae, and pupae, as well as pale morning dun emergers.

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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 Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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.

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Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Salem Pond will be stocked on Sept. 25. For rainbows, try using garlic or lime-twist PowerBait or drifting a nightcrawler two to three feet off the bottom.

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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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Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 1) Anglers are catching chub in the dam arm of the reservoir using PowerBait and worms. Fingerling wiper and tiger muskie have been released here. The wiper and tiger muskie should grow quickly and reach a catchable size by winter. The reservoir was also stocked with more than 143,000 catchable cutthroat trout this summer. Try using spinners to catch them.

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Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Anglers have been catching rainbows. For trout, try using yellow-tiger Roostertails, holographic tiger-black Panther Martins or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures.

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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

(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.

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Sep 14) Access is good to all areas. No recent reports but fishing should be fair to good.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work best.

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Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 14) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Sep 21) Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout and tiger trout this week. In addition, several lakes in the Uintas were recently stocked with arctic grayling. Smith-Morehouse Reservoir in particular was stocked with over 22,000 grayling on September 19. If you don't have flies, try using a spinner, fly and bubble, worm under a bobber, worm floated off the bottom with a mini marshmallow or PowerBait at many of the lakes off Mirror Lake Highway such as Teapot Lake. However, be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas – it snowed heavily on September 15!

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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 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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Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners, spoons and plastic jigs tipped with bait.

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Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(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.

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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.

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Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Sep 16) The lake was stocked several times this summer. The most recent stocking involved more than 650 rainbow trout that were almost 10 inches long. Tiger trout have also been stocked. The tigers will likely reach a catchable size as winter approaches.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 22) Willow Pond was stocked on Sept. 21, and anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows. For rainbows, try using PowerBait, salmon eggs or nightcrawlers.

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Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) Water has dropped to extremely low levels, and you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. Please use extreme caution when boating and avoid underwater hazards. For northern pike, try using silver Rapala Floaters or BOOYAh Pikee Spinnerbaits, and target areas with aquatic vegetation and cover.

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