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Revised 07-20-17


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

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

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

Abajo Mountain

Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 3) Veronica Polidori of Panguitch fished in a group of 4 and caught 5 rainbows, 5 cutts, and 5 tiger muskies. She reports: Panguitch Lake is no longer closed and is open for fishing fishing is great.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Trout fishing slows down during the heat of the summer.

(Jun 22) Trout fishing slows down during the heat of the summer.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Little Reservoir, Lower Kent's Lake, Middle Kent's Lake, Anderson Meadow Reservoir, LaBaron Reservoir, Puffer Lake and Indian Creek (Manderfield) Reservoir. Fishing is reported as fair to good.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Little Reservoir, Lower Kent's Lake, Middle Kent's Lake, Anderson Meadow Reservoir, LaBaron Reservoir and Indian Creek (Manderfield) Reservoir. Puffer Lake, Three Creeks Reservoir and Merchant Valley Reservoir will be stocked soon. Anglers report fair to good fishing at the lakes that have already been stocked. Fishing was fast last weekend at LaBaron with PowerBait and marshmallows. Fly anglers did well with San Juan worms.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) All areas of the mountain are now accessible, including the Boulder Top. You'll find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

(Jun 22) All areas of the mountain are now accessible, including the Boulder Top. You'll find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) If you're a fly angler, bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers report catching fish up to 15 inches long.

(Jun 22) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches long.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) The flow has increased to 130 cfs due to irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Fishing is often a little more difficult at this flow, but is still possible. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

(Jun 22) The river is flowing at 31 cfs. This is not too high to fish, and the runoff turbidity has decreased the river is back to its typical murk. Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir could begin at any time, so get out while the river is still fishable.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Trout fishing is fair to good, but has slowed as the weather gets warmer. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught with curly-tail grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

(Jun 22) Trout fishing has been fair to good, but it's been slowing down as the weather gets warmer. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught with curly-tail grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 7) Typical summer fishing patterns have set in. 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 you catch. A few experienced kokanee anglers have come to Fish Lake to try out the new population. They have had fair to good success for fat salmon measuring 14 to 15 inches by trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at 30 to 40 feet deep. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for current conditions and up-to-date fishing reports.

(Jun 22) Typical summer fishing patterns have set in. 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. A few experienced kokanee anglers have come to Fish Lake to try out the new population. They have had fair to good success for fat salmon measuring 14 to 15 inches long. For kokanee, try trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jul 7) Anglers are catching catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds. They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish.

(Jun 22) Anglers are catching catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend. Some of the fish weighed up to nine pounds! They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 9. 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 who are fishing from boats. Bait fishing is slower.

(Jun 22) Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 9. 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 who are fishing from boats. Bait fishing is slower.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) 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.

(Jun 22) 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 spring.

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

(Jul 20) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 8083F

Striper slurps and boils are now available lakewide. Here is a rundown on what to expect.

Northern lake. Launching access is decent at Hite. There are a couple of options for launching, including the primitive ramp and below the cement ramp. The water surface from Hite down to Good Hope is relatively clear of debris. There is some, though, so be careful. Launching at Hite makes for safer travel than coming uplake from Bullfrog, where there is more floating debris in isolated spots in the channel.

The best, most consistent striper surface activity is found from Castle Butte to Trachyte/White Canyon. Slurps start at first light and continue for most of the day and into the evening. From Hite to the Horn, there are lots of really quick slurps that come up and go down often. The best spot is between Scorup and Castle Butte. Here the slurps and boils are larger and last longer. You'll see enough that it is possible to just stay in a central location and cast lures to many different slurps. When the fish go down, continue to cast to the spot where they were last seen and you will continue to catch random fish. Surface lures and small plastic grubs on jig heads are your best options.

Bullfrog/Halls. Boils and slurps were most consistent this week near the mouth of Moki Canyon, but they were seen from Forgotten to Lake Canyon. Anglers caught stripers on top-water lures and chartreuse grubs. Those fish from the backs of canyons were thin compared to those from the main channel or at the mouths of the canyons. The stripers caught ranged from 16 to 24 inches.

Southern Lake. Boils and slurps stretched from Padre Bay to the mouth of Rock Creek. Stripers came up quickly and went down in a hurry. Usually, you had time to make a cast or two once you saw a school come up and moved your boat close to the spot. You could only catch stripers when their heads were visibly breaking water. As they started down again, they were very hard to catch. They came up three to five times in five or ten minutes and often moved hundreds of yards in the process. Placing a surface lure in front of the lead fish was the most consistent way to produce. Lures that landed in the middle or behind the slurp were ignored.

Shad in the striper stomachs were double the size (one inch) of those reported two weeks ago. As shad continue to grow, boils will get longer, stripers more aggressive and anglers will catch a lot more fish. This is the beginning of Boil Season. The most exciting fresh water fishing will continue into September this year.

Bass were occasionally found feeding with stripers on the surface. More often, largemouth bass were in the brush line near shore. You could sometimes see them blowing up on the surface and could catch them on topwater lures or a spinner bait.

Smallmouth bass are showing up more often on rock structure now that the lake has stabilized. Look for isolated rock slides or rocky islands to target smallmouth. As the lake level continues to stabilize or begins to decline, bass habitat will be more obvious. Bass have been harder to find than normal, but that will change with consistent lake levels.

Stabilized lake levels will make it easier to catch bluegill along the brushy shorelines as well.

Fishing is improving as the summer moves on.

(Jul 13) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 7985F

Lake Powell has stabilized. There is plenty of brush along the shoreline, so hopefully the lake's water level will continue to cover that brush for the rest of July before it begins to decline.

Good news! I received the first report of a boil today near Antelope Point Marina. Stripers were eating shad larger than the tiny shad found over the last month. Stripers were scattered, but willing to hit a topwater lure occasionally. It is not really time to come fish for boils, but that time is getting closer. Surface activity should pick up lakewide by the end of July and continue through the month of August and maybe longer.

We had to collect 60 stripers today to do a disease certification and confirm that Lake Powell fish are healthy and strong. If I had known the stripers were boiling near Antelope Point, I would have gone there for my fish collection. Early this morning, I only knew that bait fishing was still good along the canyon walls. We took three boats and headed for Warm Creek Wall. We chummed along the wall and began to catch fish steadily for the next three hours. The school would come up for chum and then descend to the depths. When near the surface, we caught fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. When the action died down, we dropped our baits further down to 40 to 60 feet to find the school and drag it back towards the top. Catching slowed down at 9 a.m. so we counted the fish and confirmed that we had our 60. Later at the fish cleaning station, we counted 80 stripers from the efforts of 10 anglers in three different boats. Those fishing Lake Powell for the first time were in awe of the amount of fish that you can catch on this incredible fishing lake.

Bait fishing success will continue to excel this summer as many fish remain trapped in the deeper water by warm temperatures on the surface. The younger stripers will continue to feed on the top and gain weight dramatically as the boil season progresses.

Bass fishing is now getting more predictable as the lake level has stabilized. That allows bass to find a spot they like and hold there until the lake's water level begins to go down. Smallmouth bass are often found on a slick rock walls near the flooded brush line. By next week, that preferred habitat type should become obvious and I will report it.

Walleye fishing is slowing but anglers are still catching some in the mid- to upper-lake. Now that shad are larger and more abundant, expect walleye to feed each morning and evening. They prefer to hold on a flat near a steep cliff wall, in the brushy weeds along a long sandy beach or a point that has been covered with water. Bottom bouncing, or fishing a bass grub with worm attached, is still very effective.

It is summer and still hot! Lake Powell, however, is amazing considering the amount of fish that you can catch in these challenging conditions. Go fishing early. Then enjoy boating, skiing, sightseeing or whatever peaks your interest. Then, as the sun starts to set, go out for another fishing adventure. It is definitely worth it.

(Jul 7) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,635 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

Lake Powell fish are in awe at the brushy cover along the shoreline. Virtually any place that is not a sheer cliff is now a brushy haven for all of Lake Powell's fish.

Shad are enjoying cover the most. Normally this time of year, defenseless shad are easy targets for stripers and other fish. Now shad can go hide in the brush, which is making it much tougher for predators to get an easy meal. I am happy as well, because this gives me hope that shad will grow to a larger size and in larger numbers. If they do, this will lead to big striper boils in late July and August. This will be a story for a future report. Right now, shad are happy in brushy cover and game fish are trying to figure out what is going on!

Stripers were thrilled to have slow moving tiny shad in open water where they could get an easy meal any time of the day. Now shad are able to swim and have hightailed it to the brush line. Two weeks ago, surface feeding was easy to see. It is now missing in action in the southern lake. Striper slurps continue in the northern lake, where shad numbers are higher and muddy water slowed the progression of shad movement to brush.

The warm surface water and lack of open-water shad have made bait fishing in deep water the most effective fishing technique for stripers. Adult stripers are hungry and trapped, waiting for food, at the 30 foot depth. You can find a hungry, waiting school of stripers anywhere on the lake on the main channel and main canyon walls. Chumming and bait fishing may be the best way to approach these waiting fish. Another option is to troll deep-diving lures along slick rock points and steep walls. Trolling is a good way to find a school of fish. Once you find a school, bait may work better but it really depends on which angling technique is preferred by that species.

Smallmouth bass prefer rocky structure, but are not afraid of brush. They have followed shad into the underwater jungle and you'll find them searching through the limbs and branches for a shad or sunfish. Fishing along brushy main points with small topwater lures, swim baits, D-Shad or weedless plastic baits has been very effective. Watch for shad schools to pop up in the brush line and then toss a surface lure near the shad school to target any game fish also eyeing that school.

Largemouth bass will be right there rubbing shoulders with smallmouth bass. Largemouth tend to prefer brush thickets in shallow water. They live in the same brushy area as sunfish. Bass are good neighbors most of the time, but occasionally eat one of the sunfish when the time is right. With a full stomach, largemouth return to being model citizens and continue to live in the brush pocket.

Walleye really like brush. They are an ambush feeder, so they move to a submerged tree top and wait for the right fish to swim by. Walleye are happy to eat shad, sunfish, bass or any other fish that enters their treetop target zone. One great technique for catching walleye in brushy water is to troll or cast a shad-imitating lure just over the treetops where walleye are holding. We caught a walleye on a surface lure last week in a tree top found in murky water. More commonly, a lure trolled just over the tops of a band of submerged trees is the best technique. Find trees that are at a common depth, then use a lure that runs about a foot above the brush for best results.

Catfish are really big and fun to catch this year. Sunfish are in the trees and like to eat worms on a small hook with a bobber attached.

For Lake Powell, fishing in the brush is unusual and may be challenging for those of us used to snag-free, open water. The rewards are great when you discover a new successful presentation. Lake Powell has lots of fish to catch. Sometimes trying new challenging techniques, like fishing in shallow brush, can be very rewarding.

(Jun 29) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,634 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

My weekly striper slurp evaluation trip yesterday was quite interesting. We started earlier than usual (first light) and I attributed the lack of slurpers at my first stop at the mouth of Labyrinth to timing. Maybe we were too early? Then at the east wall in Padre Bay the lack of slurpers was disconcerting because the timing was right. Next, at the most dependable location at the mouth of Last Chance, I found more disappointment but no surface schools.

The mystery was finally solved when we found slurping stripers close to the brushy shoreline between Dove Canyon and Dungeon Canyon. Here is what I think is happening in the southern lake:

The slurping stripers we caught and then examined at the fish cleaning station contained the same tiny shad that I've noted for the last month. While fishing in the brush, I saw schools of larger shad (1- to 1.5-inch) using the brush as a defense against attacking stripers and smallmouth bass. Slurping stripers are still looking for the open-water, newly hatched shad which are fewer every day. Hungry predators quickly consume baby shad, but a few grow larger by fleeing into the brush cover. Either way, they are less available to slurping stripers waiting in open water.

Slurps will continue to a lesser degree until shad grow larger and are forced to move out of the brush into open water in search of more plankton to eat. The next progression is striper boils, which have begun in mid-July over the past few years. Expect slurps to occur randomly over the next few weeks. Stripers will blow up on shad whenever they get the chance. There will be more slurps in the mid- to northern lake because more shad there have been protected by poor visibility from the muddy runoff water.

A recent report indicated that slurps are increasing in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point Marina. A new shad spawn could also lead to more slurps from Padre Bay to Rainbow Bridge. Surface fishing for stripers is just beginning and will get much better over the summer. Bait fishing for adult stripers is still steady in deeper water in the main channel and in the main canyons throughout the lake.

Smallmouth bass have gone deeper. Adult bass are now at 25 feet or deeper. Smaller bass are shallower. Rapidly rising water has displaced many bass. They are following the rising water into the brush in the backs of canyons that are now getting much longer and covering brush that has not been wet for many years. Largemouth bass are following the rising water and residing in brush thickets in three feet of water at the back of canyons and coves.

Walleye are still being caught in good numbers by anglers using bottom bouncing rigs with nightcrawlers or trolling over brushy flats with shallow-running crankbaits. Walleye really like to perch in flooded treetops while waiting for forage fish to swim by. Rattletraps are a good choice now for walleye. We caught a walleye yesterday by slowly fishing a surface lure around flooded trees. That fish now wears tag number 2901.

Summer fishing is a lot of fun. Get out early while it's still cool and fish are active. Look for surface action. Target the brushy shoreline to catch a wide variety of species. Surface lures are very effective during the calm morning and evening hours.

(Jun 22) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,631 feet Water temperatures: 7784F

Stripers are still on top. Surface feeding stripers have been reported from Wahweap Bay to Hite. The slurping schools are still feeding quickly and tend to go up and down often. My reports indicate that they stay up longer and are caught more often from Dangling Rope to the San Juan and Bullfrog Bay to Good Hope Bay. Expect to see them anywhere and anytime. Since they are commonly feeding lakewide, my goal was to find out which lures caught the most fish.

I prefer surface casting, so that I can see the fish hit the top water lure. That way, even if there is no action, I can see the fish and feel the adrenaline spike. I chose the Ima Skimmer because it performed well last week, and it repeated that performance today. It's a long thin lure that casts well.

My next rod had the Lucky Craft lipless vibrator (rattletrap type) tied on because the slurps go up and down quickly. When they are up, just reel it quickly through the splashing fish. If they go down, let the rattletrap sink until it is below the submerged school and then reel it up through the school for a quick hookup.

Stripers are feeding on very small shad, so the best lure to match the hatch is a small white fly. It takes a fly rod to cast a fly or an added weight to get the fly out there on a spinning rod. I tied a small white fly on behind a Kastmaster spoon. This setup was not the best, and I got only a few bumps without a hookup. If using flies, bring the fly rod.

The best lure of the day was a Yamamoto D Shad (white color 364) on a 5/0 Owner hook with a 3/32-ounce belly weight and a twist lock attachment. I caught the most slurping stripers with this big lure. It worked well swimming through the striper school or dropping down a bit when the school went down.

All of the lures worked, but the most important factor was casting to the right spot. These fast-moving fish feed in an erratic pattern. They start in one direction, only to change course, go down and come up in a new direction. It is critical to cast five feet or more ahead of the lead fish since the lure will fly for two to three seconds and then land near the fast moving school. If it lands in the sweet spot, where the lead fish can see it, there will be a hookup. If it lands behind the lead fish, then it is often ignored. The school often stays up for up to five minutes or more, but once the boat is in range the fish tend to go down after the lures hit the water. The first cast must be accurate to get a quick hookup.

On June 20, the striper slurps began at first light and quit by 9 a.m. We didn't wait for the noon slurps to start because it was a hot day. You'll find more slurps in the evening too.

We did try trolling with deep divers over 25-foot slick rock bottom structure and caught stripers and smallmouth bass. We talked with bait anglers fishing in the shady coves on the east wall in Last Chance and they were catching a lot of adult stripers. Striper fishing is still good, despite the heat.

I often tell anglers to fish small, isolated white rock slides in the steep walled main channel to catch smallmouth bass. We tested that theory, but found the rock slides to be quiet. If we cast to the slick rock wall on the other side of the rock slide cove, though, we caught a smallmouth bass on every cast. Smallmouth bass are still active and very catchable. It just takes a bit of experimenting to find their preferred habitat for the day.

Walleye are active early morning and evening and during the day as they hang out under muddy water, floating on the surface caused by wind or wake action. Catfish, bluegill and green sunfish are active now as well, but the rising water has not allowed them to find their summer home. That will happen when the lake stabilizes in July.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Anglers report good to excellent fishing.

(Jun 22) Anglers report good to excellent fishing.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 7) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day and can be caught while trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the morning and evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can catch them while 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 four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers that weighed up to eight pounds.

(Jun 22) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day and can be caught while trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the morning and evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can catch them while 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 four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers that weighed up to eight pounds.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Anglers are catching wipers on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

(Jun 22) Anglers are catching wipers on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle.

Regulations

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jul 7) The reservoir is mostly full, so some shorelines will be difficult to fish due to flooded brush. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing now will be from boats try both trolling and bait fishing. If fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park.

(Jun 22) The reservoir is mostly full, so some shorelines will be difficult to fish due to flooded brush. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing now will be from boats try both trolling and bait fishing. If you're fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park.

Regulations

Panguitch Lake

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

(Jul 7) Panguitch Lake is open again, thanks to fire crews containing the southern edge of the Brian Head Fire. Highway 143 is open from Parowan to Panguitch, but you may experience delays west of Panguitch Lake while fire crews clean up safety hazards. All roads north of Panguitch Lake are still closed. 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. You can also troll lures and flies and catch plenty of fish.

(Jul 5) Guy J Hargreaves of Panguitch Lake fished with a partner and caught 4 rainbows. He reports: Please be advised that Panguitch Lake is OPEN for fishing and the roads to Panguitch Lake are no longer blocked. Reports that the lake is currently closed and fires blocking roads are false. Panguitch Lake Adventure Resort is also now open for boat rentals.

(Jun 22) Access to Panguitch Lake is closed indefinitely due to the advance of the Brian Head Fire.

Regulations

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Access to Paragonah Reservoir is closed indefinitely due to the Brian Head Fire.

(Jun 22) Access to Panguitch Lake is closed indefinitely due to the advance of the Brian Head Fire.

Regulations

Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system increased 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.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water-delivery system improved overwinter survival. There are plenty of rainbow and cutthroat trout that were stocked last year and survived the winter. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for techniques and tackle. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.

(Jun 22) Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for techniques and tackle.

Regulations

Redmond Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike

No recent reports.

Sand Cove Reservoirs

Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jul 7) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been effective. 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.

(Jun 22) Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been effective. 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.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Jun 22) Access is good to all areas. There haven't been any recent reports, but fishing should be fair to good.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass.

(Jun 22) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jul 7) Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is closed indefinitely due to the advance of the Brian Head Fire.

(Jul 7)

(Jun 22) Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is closed indefinitely due to the advance of the Brian Head Fire.

Regulations









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