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Revised 10-20-17


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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

(Oct 14) Several lakes and reservoirs in San Juan County were stocked in September, including Lloyd's Lake and Blanding Reservoir. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch rainbow trout.

American Fork River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Bear Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Bear Lake surface water temperature is in the low 50s. The water level is basically at full capacity and boat launching is possible at all ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake. This includes the Bear Lake State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah as well as the East Shore State Park and North Beach in Idaho.

Fishing is fair to good using both trolling and jigging methods. Good areas to fish include off of North Eden and Rainbow Cove. People who are jigging have also done well off of the Points and the edge of the Rockpile. If you prefer to jig, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in half to one-ounce sizes and three to six inches long. You can tip your lure with cisco/sucker/carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9 to 13 sizes. Try targeting 60 to 80 feet of water, but you might want to try shallower or deeper depending on the day.

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

(Oct 20) Fishing is reported as fair to good.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Lower: Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

Upper: Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Also try egg patterns. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) The pond was stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout on Sept. 20. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch fish.

Regulations

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 30) Anglers have caught some big rainbow trout recently. To catch trout, try fishing during the early morning or early evening hours. As the water cools, trout will get active and will move around more. They'll also feed more. Perch in the reservoir are biting well right now. Continue using a variety of PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Jake's Spin-A-Lures to catch both trout and perch. If you have a boat, try bass fishing during mid afternoon. Bass are biting on crankbaits and PowerBait. Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but smallies will start heading to deeper water as the water temperature cools. The water level is dropping fast, so watch for rocks when launching and operating boats.

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

(Oct 20) Fishing is currently fair to good for brown trout. Try a spinner or Rapala if you have a spinning rod. If you're using flies, you might consider trying a hopper or elk hair caddis pattern.

Blue Mountains

Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 5) The reservoir was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout in August and September. Try using PowerBait and night crawlers to catch them.

Regulations

Bountiful Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fishing is fair to good. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, work best.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Brough Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) 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 30) 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 30) 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

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching rainbow trout. If you're targeting rainbows, try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners in firetiger, hot clown, or bleeding silver/chrome blue or Acme Kastmaster Rattle Master spoons in chrome/chartreuse stripe or chrome/fluorescent orange stripe. Retrieve at a slow to medium speed.

Regulations

Calder Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Sep 30) DWR biologists surveyed the reservoir recently. They found good numbers of cutthroat and rainbow trout. The biggest trout were 16 inches long, but most averaged 12 inches. The fish were healthy. They're eating mostly scuds and chironomids.

Regulations

Causey Reservoir

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

(Oct 14) Our Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of two weeks ago, there were thousands of spawners at Causey. We expect the spawning run to last at least another week.

Regulations

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 14) Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait with about four feet of leader on a sunken bubble. Night crawlers and marshmallows have also been effective. The reservoir was last stocked on July 12 with about 2,500 rainbow trout.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Cottonwood Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Sep 30) Wipers up to 19 inches long are super active right now. Anglers are catching them on Rapalas in the evening and at dawn. To target tiger muskie, brown trout and rainbow trout, try jigs or Rapalas. The tiger muskie bite has been good, with anglers catching fish up to 36 inches long. Please remember to handle tiger muskie carefully and to practice proper catch-and-release techniques. Most of the fish have not reached the 40-inch length limit and must be immediately released. DWR biologists have caught decent-sized catfish, both channel cats and black bullheads, during recent surveys. If you'd like to catch these fish, try fishing bait on the bottom of the reservoir.

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 30) 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 and rough, 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

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching their limits of 14- to 18-inch rainbows. They're also catching perch. Fishing has been the best early to mid-morning, and anglers are having the most success trolling for rainbows. Reports indicate that a little bit of everything is working. Rainbows are hitting on Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Yakima and Worden's flatfish lures, Rocky Mountain Tackle squids and Mack's wedding rings. Bright oranges, yellows, greens and reds are the popular colors right now. Six- to ten-inch perch are hitting on 1/32-ounce jigs in chartreuse, yellow or orange in about 30to 40 feet of water.

Regulations

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 14) To catch trout here, try using a bead head soft hackle fly in black and copper. The reservoir was stocked with 1,500 tiger trout on Aug. 18.

Regulations

East Canyon Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) The reservoir is about 80 percent full. Fishing has recently been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch is rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers report receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Kingston Canyon: Flow has dropped to 20 cfs with the end of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Black Canyon: Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

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. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. We have 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

(Oct 20) The reservoir's water level is low and only shore fishing is available. All ramps are closed and boats can't be launched. On Oct. 18, an algal bloom warning was announced for this reservoir. Please be sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts.

Regulations

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Oct 14) Try using minnows or tube jigs to catch trout here. Remember that you cannot possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1.

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent.

Fairview Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) The lake was stocked on June 19 with 7,000 9-inch rainbow trout. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch them.

Farmington Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout at Farmington Pond. Try using a spinner, floating a worm off the bottom or using a traditional worm-and-bobber rig.

Regulations

Ferron Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Fall temperatures are improving fishing at the reservoir. Try using worms and PowerBait to catch trout. Spinner lures may also work well.

Regulations

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Fishing for chubs has been hot in the upper end of the creek. Try using a spinner or soft hackle fly in places where the chub are congregated. Panther Martin lures have also worked well to catch brook trout here.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Harvest of Kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. There are a lot of red Kokanee running up Twin Creek and cruising through the marinas, making for a great viewing opportunity. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10-15 feet 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 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 30) Fishing is fair to good across the reservoir, depending on which species you're targeting.

Kokanee salmon: Salmon fishing is closed until Dec. 1.

Rainbow trout: Fair to good fishing. Now that the water temperature has cooled, trout are moving into shallow shoreline habitat and are becoming more active. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch a cutthroat. If you're fishing from a boat, casting jigs near the creek inlets has been the most productive way to catch trout. Trolling 10–15 feet deep, with pop gear, spinners and small spoons, has also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch one rainbow, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs on your hooks so you can release fish quickly.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. 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. Linwood Bay closes to nighttime fishing (from sunset to sunrise) starting Oct. 15. See the 2017 Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Jigs in earthtone colors that mimic crayfish — the primary forage of smallmouth bass — are the best option. Jerkbaits and crankbaits in copper, silver and rainbow trout colors will also entice fish. Expect patchy success as smallmouth bass concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter. Fish shallow for high catch rates. If you want to catch bigger fish, though, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet. Smallmouth bass will remain active until the water temperature drops into the mid 50s.

Burbot: You'll find fair fishing. There haven't been many reports of anglers catching burbot. Those who are catching fish are mostly catching them while fishing for lake trout. Anglers in boats can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines, in 20 to 40 feet of water. The best activity may be found at night, using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge its glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Fishing will improve once water temperatures are consistently in the 50s.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers.

Fort Buenaventura

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Flow in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) has decreased. The river is also clear in the Bicknell Bottoms, but murky below Highway 12. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well.

Gigliotti Pond

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Fishing is good for trout—especially for anglers using worms and PowerBait. You might also catch a largemouth bass using a spinner or a bluegill-imitating lure.

Regulations

Glassman's Pond

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Reservoir water levels are low. Try fishing from the southeast shore and use Panther Martin Spotted spinners in spotted yellow black or spotted red or Jake's Spin-A-Lure in silver with red dots. Use a medium retrieval and fish early to mid-morning. If spinners don't work, try using corn or garlic PowerBait and fish from the south shore.

Regulations

Green River

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

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(Sep 30) Dry fly fishing has been fair to good. Terrestrials, including hoppers, crickets and ants, are a great option this time of year. Nymphing is good using midge, mayfly, caddis and scud patterns. Try a dropper with a cicada or hopper on top and a nymph trailing a few feet below. 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 the barbs on your hooks down so you can release fish quickly.

Regulations

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 20) Anglers are doing well catching rainbow trout on lures and worms.

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

(Oct 14) The reservoir was stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 2. To catch trout, try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait, spinners or bead head bugger flies on a fast-sinking line. As the temperature continues to cool, fishing for wiper should pick up. To catch wipers, try using spinner lures or crayfish-imitating lures.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(Oct 14) Fishing has been best in the middle of the reservoir. Fishing has been slower along the banks. Anglers are finding success using a size 6 bead head crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl color combinations. A size 8 bead head woolly bugger, in black and orange, has also worked. If you're fishing with flies, try using a fast sinking line, such as a No. 8 fly line. Spinner lures may also work—especially in deeper waters. The reservoir was last stocked with 10,000 tiger trout on June 19.

Regulations

Hyrum Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Angler reports indicate that the fishing has slowed down compared to the fast action the past few weeks. One angler reported trying all kinds of methods and having no success at all. If you still want to try your luck at Hyrum, simple methods have been working in past weeks: fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow.

For those interested in more of a challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 14) During a recent survey, DWR biologists found many cutthroat trout and splake over 18 inches long. The fish were eating mostly crayfish and flying ants, so try using lures that imitate them. Tiger muskie have been eating chub here, so chub meat may be an effective bait to catch them.

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

(Oct 20) Division biologists recently sampled Jordanelle and saw good numbers of 13- to 14-inch rainbows, plenty of 14- to 18-inch browns, one tiger muskie at 25 inches, a handful of 12- to 13-inch smallmouth bass, and many kokanee salmon. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 20-inch browns, and perch. For rainbows, try trolling at speeds at 1.5–1.7 mph and use Yakima flatfish lures in firetiger, red yellow fluorescent, and bait fish pink or Mack's wedding rings in hammered nickel, chartreuse and hot pink. Anglers are having success fly fishing for browns using anything resembling a terrestrial insect. For perch try using 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head in chartreuse or yellow and tip with a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! minnow. For smallmouth try using four-inch Gary Yamamoto in a whacky or nose style rig and retrieve at a medium speed. Remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10–Nov. 30.

Regulations

Kaysville Ponds

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

(Oct 20) Anglers report decent fishing for rainbow trout and bluegill at Kaysville. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are a good bet.

Regulations

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,627 feet Water temperatures: 65–68°F

The 10-day weather forecast is for calm water and perfect daytime temperatures in the 70s. Fishing has been mixed recently because of wind, dropping temperatures and finicky fish. This will be the last regular report for the year, but my prediction is that fishing will be excellent during the last two weeks of October.

First, the challenges: Fishing has been difficult recently because abundant cover and forage has allowed all sportfish species to eat on their own schedules or not at all. These fish are now accustomed to eating at their leisure with plenty of forage—a luxury usually not found in this lake because the normal overpopulation of predators always means fish seeking after prey. The windy conditions resulted in a rapidly dropping water temperature, which was a problem that confused fish and put them off feed at times. Hopefully those negative points are now past history.

Next, the new events: A stable water temperature (in the mid-60s) that is favored by most predators as the most consistent feeding and activity conditions of the entire year. There is an abundant shad and sunfish population that is readily available. The water levels will decline slowly which forces shad to leave the brush sanctuaries and encourages feeding from all the predators. Here is what to expect during the last two weeks of October.

Striped Bass: Right now, shad are hiding in the shallow brushy coves. By November, shad will migrate into deeper water as the water temperature drops. Threadfin shad need stable temperatures and do not like cold water. They seek a constant temperature in 30 to 60 feet of water. Stripers will react to this migration by forming bigger and tighter schools, which will make them easier to see on the graph and catch on spoons. As they make that transition from foraging in small pods in the brush to their normal large school mentality, fishing will improve dramatically.

Until that happens, you can find striped bass by trolling a shad-imitating crankbait while watching the graph looking for small schools and individual stripers. In the northern lake, surface action may happen anytime as more shad are available for stripers to chase.

Smallmouth Bass: Bass are the best angling target now because they are abundant and feeding prolifically at their favorite water temperature. Both large and smallmouth bass love brush that houses the bluegill and sunfish forage that is so abundant in this high-water year. The water temperature will remain at the peak bass activity level during the pleasant days forecast for the remainder of October. Start searching for bass on the prominent points and coves at the mouth of the canyon instead of the shallow water in the back of the cove. There is more shad forage swimming in deeper water (15 to 25 feet) than in the back of the canyon. Bass are currently holding in that deeper water but may move shallower as the lake level and water temperature drops. Bass really like surface lures right now, but will always eat plastic grubs bouncing along the bottom and dancing through the brush piles. Fast moving buzz baits are fun to throw over the brushy shoreline. Treat bass just as if it were springtime by fishing for them in the afternoon as the water warms.

Walleye: These toothy critters are back on the bite now with many being caught in the northern lake on spoons fished at 15 to 25 feet, bottom bouncers trolled slowly at the same depth, and nightcrawlers fished slowly on worm harnesses over main channel points. The magic depth for trolling across treetops or main channel points is 12 feet. Let the walleye diving lure hit bottom at 12 feet, and then catch a fish as it bounces into deeper water.

Crappie: Expect the crappie catch rate to increase dramatically as water temperature continues to decline. Normally the first two weeks of November provide the best crappie fishing of the year. Anglers are catching some crappie right now, and that catch rate will increase over the next three weeks. The most important factor is finding the school. With brush being abundant, look in the back of the canyons where water depth is 12 to 20 feet deep. Drive the boat right into the brushy thicket and then drop crappie jigs straight down below the boat to prevent snagging as you move the jig slowly up and down. It is also possible to fish from the old river channel where the brush begins. Drop jigs to the bottom at the edge of brush where crappie can see the lure while still staying in the brushy confines that they love. Expect to catch a few bluegill while fishing specifically for crappie. Tip the jig with a small worm to target bluegill.

Catfish: You can catch catfish by placing bait on the bottom near the sandy beach behind the boat near camp.

Again, this will be the last regular report for the year. Annual netting starts October 30 and will continue through November 10. I will post random reports on the website through the winter when something good happens. Though, the only time fishing at Lake Powell, isn't good is when you don't go. I will fish all winter and keep you advised of the fishing excitement.

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

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

(Oct 14) Several lakes and reservoirs near the La Sal Mountains were stocked in September, including the Rattlesnake Ranch Pond and Kens Lake. Try using worms, PowerBait and spinners to catch rainbow trout at these waters.

Locomotive Springs

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Logan River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Fishing ranges from good to hot throughout the Logan. One angler who was fishing the upper Logan at multiple times of day and on multiple occasions this week reported that fish were hitting almost everything they tied on. This matches other recent angler reports we have received from the upper Logan. Other anglers recommended fishing at the dams this week. If you're not sure which flies to use, try an elk hair caddis, a hopper or a dropper with any beadhead nymph. Crankbaits and spinners have also been working well. The Logan was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 10.

Regulations

Lost Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Anglers report that fishing is still good, even though they reported windy conditions and low water levels. If you're fishing from shore, worms and PowerBait have recently been good to use.

(Oct 5) Fishing at Lost Creek was hot last week for rainbow trout and cutthroat trout, but we received very few angler reports this week. The reservoir is about 10 feet below the high mark from earlier this summer and the water clarity is good. If you're fishing from shore, worms and PowerBait have worked well recently.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Good to excellent fishing reported.

Mabey Pond

Crappie, Catfish, Largemouth Bass

No recent reports.

Regulations

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Fishing has been slow at Mantua. One angler who fished the reservoir over the course of a week caught a couple bass each day, but little else. As of Oct. 6, an algal bloom warning was still active for this reservoir. Please make sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Sep 30) The algal bloom has subsided, and anglers are catching fish again. DWR biologists surveyed the reservoir recently. The number of fish they captured was down, but the fish they caught were very healthy. Rainbow and tiger trout averaged 17 inches, and some were as long as 19 inches. None of the fish caught was smaller than 16 inches. Most of the fish were eating chironomids, but some also had crayfish and shiners in their stomachs. 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

(Oct 20) The water level has been rising. 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

No recent reports.

Millsite Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) The water level is low as work on the dam continues, but the fish are still active. Try using worms or spinners to catch trout here.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. 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.

Regulations

Misc

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 20) 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.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. Look for splake to get more active with cooling water temperature.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) 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.

Regulations

Newton Reservoir

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Nine Mile Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout. Try using worms, Rapalas or spinners. The river was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on Oct. 11.

Regulations

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Oct 20) Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is starting to rise again. Look for trout to start getting more active with cooling water. 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.

Regulations

Palisade Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows. Try using chartreuse PowerBait Power Eggs, silver with red dots Jake's Spin-A-Lures and 1.5 to 2-inch white tube jigs scented with garlic Smelly Jelly.

Panguitch Lake

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

(Oct 20) Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair to good from boats. Power Bait, night crawlers, and trolling Rapalas have all produced well. Look for shore fishing to improve once the algae dies off and settles out – which could happen any time now. Popular baits like Power Bait and night crawlers work well from shore for rainbows. Large cutthroat and tiger trout can also be caught from shore using cut bait (anchovies, chubs, frozen minnows), as well as tube jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait. Most of the fish caught by this method will be in the slot and must be released, so reduce fighting and handling time. Also, use large single hooks and fish actively to avoid deep hooking. If the fish does swallow the hook, cut the line and release the fish quickly.

Regulations

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) 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

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using traditional methods. You can also try casting Eppinger Dardevle lures, Mepps Aglia spinners, Kastmaster spoons or Rooster Tail spinners.

Regulations

Pelican Lake

Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass

(Sep 30) 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.

Regulations

Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Pineview Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) The water temperature is in the 50s. This week, many anglers report that fishing was good to hot for crappie, smallmouth bass, perch and tiger muskie. This week, the crappie bite turned on for most (but not all) reporting anglers. Anglers that reported catching large numbers of crappie also remarked that their size was decent as well, but did not report what depth they were at or what tackle they used to catch them. Several anglers reported limiting out on crappie. This wasn't universal, though, as a couple reporting groups of anglers were still getting into small perch rather than the crappie. Another angler caught almost a dozen smallmouth bass on the dam end of the reservoir, which matches several other angler reports of a good bass bite this week. Recently, anglers have reported catching a few decent-sized tiger muskie as well. If you're targeting muskie, try a large spinnerbait or Rapala.

Regulations

Pioneer Park Pond

Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Piute Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Oct 20) The reservoir was nearly drained again this year. 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.

Regulations

Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Provo River

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

(Oct 20) Lower: Flows are at the lowest and range from 150–190 cubic feet per second, which is fairly typical for this time of year. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch browns and 14- to 16-inch rainbows, and brown trout are continuing to show aggressive, pre-spawn behavior. There's a lot of moss on the lower Provo River near the dam, so we suggest fishing further away from the dam for better success. You should see this moss begin to break down with cooler temperatures. During the pre-spawn is a great time to use streamers in a variety of colors and trigger combinations. Reports also indicate a lot of subsurface productivity, so try using BWO, zebra midges, caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and bling midges. Continue to watch for caddis hatches in the late evening and an occasional BWO hatch throughout early to late afternoon. Spin casting anglers have reported success using gold Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Rapalas and brown trout pattern Rooster Tails.

Middle: The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are evening caddis hatches and sporadic BWO hatches throughout the afternoon. Reports indicate browns are tucked into pools near shore and are becoming more aggressive as they near the spawn in November. Try using a variety of streamers, different types of midges, black woolly buggers and caddis larvae and pupae.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

Regulations

Red Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Red Fleet Reservoir

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Wipers and yellow perch are active and biting. DWR biologists surveyed the reservoir recently and found that some of the stocked wipers had grown to almost 19 inches. Wiper fishing was great last week, with anglers trolling crank baits and catching wipers that averaged 10 to 12 inches long. Please harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish in the reservoir. Surveys during the summer showed an abundant population of yellow perch in the five- to six-inch range, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of them. Anglers have also been actively catching black crappie and a few walleye from the shoreline and from boats. Try fishing from the shoreline in the middle of the day, and use Roostertails or Jake's Spin-A-Lures tipped with bait. In the evenings, anglers are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the Brush Creek stream inlet and in the back of many of the coves. Trout fishing for browns, tigers and the few rainbows that are in the reservoir should pick up as the water cools. Try casing jigs in the canyon areas, or even fly fishing near the mouth of Brush Creek. Biologists transferred select sizes of largemouth bass back into Red Fleet over the past few weeks. These fish, which are 12 inches long and longer, have a metal jaw tag on the lower jaw. Walleye are also being caught. Most of the walleye are between 8 and 12 inches long.

Regulations

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

(Oct 20) On Oct. 18, an algal bloom warning was announced for this reservoir. Please be sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts. Fishing at Rockport was unusually slow last week, but anglers are reporting fair to good fishing this week. One group of anglers who trolled the shorelines in the morning in 20 to 50 feet of water caught several decent-sized rainbow trout in a few hours. Try using Rapalas, Jake's lures, worms or PowerBait in garlic or rainbow.

Regulations

Salem Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows, bluegill and largemouth bass. For rainbows, traditional methods work well. For largemouth, try using plastics such as worms, jigs, or creatures and use a crawling action to recover the lure.

Regulations

Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 14) Tiger muskie that were stocked in the reservoir this summer are reaching lengths of 19 inches and longer. Scofield was also stocked on Oct. 11 with roughly 1,000 rainbow trout that were more than 20 inches long. Gray plastic swimbaits have been the ticket for catching cutthroat and rainbow trout from the shore. Those using green PowerBait, rapalas and spinners have reported slower success.

Regulations

Settlement Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using spinners. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or Panther Martin spinners.

Regulations

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 30) Great walleye fishing continues at the reservoir. For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. This is the time of the year when walleye stock up for the winter months. They start feeding heavily on smaller forage fish and even on bigger rainbow trout. Please keep your limit of 10- to 14-inch walleye. Thinning the abundant walleye population will help yellow perch in the reservoir. 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 bead head leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange and purple. If you catch a kokanee salmon, you must immediately release it. You may not possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1. This closure protects the salmon during their spawning season. The water temperature is 73 degrees, and visibility is about six to seven feet. Rainbow trout will become more active as the water cools down. 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.

Regulations

Steinaker Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 30) Water levels in the reservoir continue to drop. Bluegill are stacked up by the dam and are easy to catch. Bluegill fishing is also fast for anglers who fish 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. Before temperatures cooled last week, bass fishing was good for those who were throwing spinner baits and tube jigs off the rocks. If you're fishing from the shore, you can use a casting bubble or a slip bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Anglers are also catching rainbows on jigs near the inlet. There are still many fish in the reservoir. 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.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

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

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slot buster cutthroats. Reports indicate that anglers are having success trolling 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs and rainbow trout patterned Rapalas, but any type of lure that resembles a minnow will work well. Try trolling at 1.3–1.7 mph, in about 18-24 feet of water, and troll adjacent to the Narrows near Strawberry Bay, across from the Ladders and along the opening of the Narrows on the Solider Creek Side. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure is in place to protect the spawning salmon.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Oct 20) Access is good to all areas. Fishing is reported as fair to good.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using traditional methods. Reports also indicate that success using dry flies and woolly buggers. For those spin casting try using spinners, Marabou jigs and spoons and use bright oranges, greens and reds.

Regulations

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Uinta Lakes

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

(Oct 20) Fishing ranges from good to hot for tiger trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. According to anglers, all lakes are still virtually ice-free as of this week. They've been freezing overnight, then melting after the sun rises. Snow depth is less than five inches according to anglers. This time of year, anglers recommend fly patterns such as renegades, serendipity, mosquitoes, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, hare's ears and San Juan worms. Try a fly-and-bubble setup if you don't have a fly rod. You could also use a spinner or Rapala in blue, pink or orange. Worms under a bobber or floated with a mini marshmallow have also been successful strategies recently, especially in the lakes off of Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake. Be sure to check weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas!

Regulations

Utah Lake

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Anglers are catching white bass and channel catfish. For white bass try using a 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head tipped with a nightcrawler and retrieve at a slow to medium speed. Reports indicate successful white bass fishing off the jetty's at Utah State Park. For channel catfish try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, chicken livers incased in nylons or nightcrawlers.

Regulations

Vernon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Water levels are low, but anglers are catching their limits of 10- to 14-inch rainbows. Reports indicate success using Rapalas and European nightcrawlers tipped with a chartreuse garlic cheese marshmallow. You can also try jigging 1.5-inch tube jigs or curly tail grubs.

Regulations

Weber River

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) Anglers report good fishing for brown trout this week, especially on the lower Weber. Worms have been a simple and successful bet this time of year, but anglers have also caught fish using spinners, tube jigs, Rapalas and Rooster Tails. Sowbug patterns, especially rainbow sowbugs, did well last week if you're using flies.

Regulations

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) The water level is low, so launch boats at your own risk. 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

(Oct 20) Anglers report slow to fair fishing at Willard this week. The water temperature was in the low to mid 50s. One angler who trolled all morning caught a single average-sized catfish, while other anglers who were targeting wipers from both a boat and the shore reported few to no bites at all.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Willow Pond

Bluegill,Brown Trout, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Willow Pond was stocked on Oct. 16. Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using garlic PowerBait. You can also try using a variety of dry flies under a bubble.

Regulations

Woodruff Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Oct 20) Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is open again. It appears that there have been no large losses of fish after the Brian Head Fire – although ash flow and fish kills may still happen at any time. Also, it is possible to see flooding across the road any time it rains, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good success thanks to no fishing pressure for much of the summer.

Regulations

Yuba Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 20) The Oasis boat ramp has two lanes open and ready for launching, but the Painted Rocks boat ramp is closed. Please use extreme caution when boating as underwater hazards do exist.

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