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Revised 01-13-18


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

(Jan 6) Many waters on the Abajo Mountains are currently inaccessible with highway vehicles.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have reported mixed results. Bait and fly anglers have done fair to good, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and are more readily caught during the colder months.

(Dec 31) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is reported as good to excellent. Most anglers fish with bait from shore, but fly fishing from float tubes can also be very productive. Some large brown trout are present and can be more readily caught during the colder months.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on wooly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning.

(Dec 31) The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on wooly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 31) Due to lack of snow, you may have a unique opportunity to access lakes that are usually tough to get to during the winter. Roads could still have ice or snow drifts in shaded areas, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good ice and fast fishing at Donkey Lake. Access is best with ATVs. Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake where you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the Rules for Specific Waters" section."

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) The reservoir now has stable ice. To catch trout here, try using tube jigs tipped with meal worms.

(Jan 6) Boulger Reservoir and several other waters on the Manti skyline now have stable ice. Try using tube jigs tipped with mealworms for catching trout.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches.

(Dec 31) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) The reservoir now has stable ice. To catch trout here, try using tube jigs tipped with meal worms.

(Jan 6) Cleveland Reservoir now has stable ice. Try using tube jigs tipped with mealworms for catching trout here.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) The water flow is under 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, but there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

(Dec 31) The water flow has dropped under 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, though there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) Unsafe ice reported on both the upper and lower reservoir.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The lake has some thin ice, but there are large patches of open water as well. It is no longer possible to launch boats. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

(Dec 31) Most of the lake still has open water. You should only find ice in the marinas and very shallow areas. With forecasted weather, it may be a while before there will be ice to fish on. Some anglers are fishing from shore near Twin Creeks and having fair success for rainbows and splake. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go 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

(Jan 11) The reservoir is full and spilling. The rising water level and warm weather have deteriorated ice to unsafe conditions. Fishing open water may be a better option here.

(Dec 31) Still a lot of open water. Ice thickness is unknown.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing with hare's ear nymphs.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from the shore. 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. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

(Dec 31) The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from shore. 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. The DWR has begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Jan 11) The ice is unsafe.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Ice has continued to deteriorate and there is a lot of open water. Kolob is 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.

(Dec 31) Access is still good because there is little snow. The ice has deteriorated and may be unsafe. Kolob is 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.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) The ice is six to eight inches with some open water on the east side. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time.

(Dec 31) The ice is six to eight inches with some open water on the east side. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time.

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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access may be more difficult after the current storm. Anglers report that there are eight inches of ice on the southwest end with fair fishing for rainbow trout and a few tiger trout.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The water level is rising and the ice edges on the north end are deteriorating. The rest of the reservoir is open water. Fishing in the open water has been more successful anyway.

(Dec 31) The upper end has eight to ten inches of ice, while the lower end is mostly open.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice.

(Dec 31) The reservoir should be mostly ice-free.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Most of the lake has eight inches of ice, though there is a patch of open water in the middle of the lake. Fishing has been slow to fair.

(Dec 31) Access is still good with four-wheel-drive because there is little snow. Most of the lake has eight inches of ice, though there is a patch of open water in the middle.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice.

Regulations

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Jan 11) Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. There is a lot of open water, and there are large cracks and soft edges.

(Dec 31) Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. There is a lot of open water, and there are large cracks and soft edges.

Regulations

Panguitch Lake

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

(Jan 11) The east end from Bear Paw beach to the dam has ice, the middle of the lake is open water, and the west end has thin ice. The ice on the east end has been mostly safe, but use caution and stay away from the edges of open water. Because anglers have been packed in tightly on the safe ice, fishing has slowed down. Open water fishing may be more productive right now.

(Dec 31) There are six inches of ice at the southeast end and near the north boat ramp. 50 percent of the lake has very thin ice that is melting in the afternoon and refreezing at night. Use caution on the ice and stay away from the edges of open water. Fishing is slow to fair.

Regulations

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access should be possible, but the ice conditions are unknown.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Jan 11) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and provide good fishing from the shore or a boat. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips.

(Dec 31) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from shore and boats.

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

(Jan 11) Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice fish during the colder months each year. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

(Dec 31) Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice-sized fish every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(Jan 11) Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Prior to the storm, anglers reported good ice conditions and fishing for the Solomon Basin lakes.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access is still good because there is little snow. There are nine inches of ice.

(Dec 31) Access is still good because there is little snow. There are nine inches of ice.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is mostly ice-free. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn next spring.

(Dec 31) There are no recent reports, but the reservoir should be mostly ice-free. 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.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 11) Access should be more difficult after the current storm. There are four to five inches of ice. Fishing is slow to fair.

(Dec 31) Access is possible with four-wheel drive. There are four to five inches of ice. Fishing is slow to fair.

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