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Revised 05-26-17


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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

No recent reports.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) The reservoir is nearly full and rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 12) The reservoir is nearly full and rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Apr 29) The reservoir is nearly full, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The fall, winter and spring seasons provide the best fishing at Baker. Those are the times of year when the reservoir is filling and the water temperature is cooler. In addition to rainbow trout, some large brown trout also live here.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Little Reservoir is accessible. The Kents lakes should be accessible soon. Indian Creek (Manderfield) Reservoir is accessible and rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 12) Little Reservoir is accessible. Now is a great time to target nice brown and tiger trout in this small lake before rainbow trout are stocked. Access is still not possible to the Kent's lakes, but should open up in the next week or two. Puffer Lake is not accessible yet either. Indian Creek (Manderfield) Reservoir is accessible and rainbow trout will be stocked next week.

(Apr 29) Little Reservoir is accessible. It's a great time to target brown trout and tiger trout in this small waterbody, before rainbow trout are stocked. It is still very difficult (if not impossible) to access the three Kents lakes.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 12) Brood brook trout were recently stocked. A recent population survey found a few large brown and rainbow trout.

(Apr 29) Flows are low and clear, and you'll need to be stealthy to avoid spooking fish. Brood brook trout were recently stocked. A recent population survey found a few large brown and rainbow trout.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access is improving quickly. You can now access most of the lakes below the rim, though a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Use caution on the wet roads. Slow down to stay safe and to avoid tearing the road up. The Boulder Top will not be accessible until sometime in June. Fishing is fair to good across the mountain. Spin fishers 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 and beadhead nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

(May 12) Access is improving quickly. It is now possible to access many lakes below the rim, though four-wheel-drive is necessary. Use caution on wet roads slow down to stay safe and avoid tearing the road up. Ice is also off most lakes, or retreating quickly. The Boulder Top will not be accessible until sometime in June. Reports of good fishing at Posey Lake and Donkey Lake.

(Apr 29) You may be able to access some of the lower lakes. Those near the rim are still only accessible by snowmobile or an ATV with tracks, and they still have ice. More and more lakes will be accessible during the coming weeks. Use caution on wet roads. Please slow down to stay safe and avoid tearing up the road.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Water flows have often been turbid lately because of the runoff.

(May 12) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Flows have often been turbid lately with runoff.

(Apr 29) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches long. Runoff has made flows more turbid in recent weeks.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 10) The ice will likely be unstable for the next few weeks as snow melts at the reservoir and others waters along the Skyline Drive.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) The water flow is up to 36 cfs. This is not too high to fish and the runoff turbidity has decreased. The river is back to its normal level of murk.

(May 12) With Otter Creek Reservoir nearly full, small releases have begun and flows are up to 24 cfs. This is not too high for fishing, but runoff in Black Canyon is making the river murky here, too.

(Apr 29) With Otter Creek Reservoir nearly full, small releases have begun and flows are up to 29 cfs. This is not too high for fishing, but runoff in Black Canyon is also making this stretch of the river murky.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) The lower reservoir is full, and the upper reservoir has more water than we have seen in several years. Fishing for trout has been better in the lower reservoir lately. Algae is making shore fishing a little tougher in the upper reservoir, so fish off steeper shorelines or keep your bait off the bottom. Smallmouth bass are getting active. Target rocky shorelines and cast curly tail grubs in dark colors or troll flashy lures. A recent monitoring survey in the upper reservoir found abundant, healthy rainbows. Most were 12 to 16 inches, with a few larger fish also available.

(May 12) The lower reservoir is full, while the upper reservoir has more water than we have seen in several years. Fishing for trout has been better in the lower reservoir lately. Algae is making shore fishing a little tougher in the upper reservoir, so fish off steeper shorelines or keep your bait off the bottom. The water temperature is in the upper 50s, so smallmouth bass are getting active. Target rocky shorelines and cast curly tail grubs in dark colors or troll flashy lures. A recent monitoring survey in the upper reservoir found abundant, healthy rainbows. Most were 12 to 16 inches, with a few larger fish also available.

(Apr 29) Both reservoirs are nearly full. Fishing has been better in the lower reservoir lately. When a lake fills quickly, it often provides a lot of food and space for fish to spread out. As a result, fishing sometimes suffers. A recent monitoring survey in the upper reservoir found abundant, healthy rainbows. Most were 12 to 16 inches long, with a few larger fish also available.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) Fishing pressure is starting to increase. Spring and early summer provide some of the best fishing of the year. Some large lake trout are being caught by trolling rainbow trout-imitating lures outside the weedlines. Jigging can also pick up some lake trout, though it has been a little less successful than trolling lately. For splake, anchor outside the weedline and fish with 1/8-ounce jigs or jigging spoons tipped with perch, chub or sucker meat in 30 to 60 feet. For perch, move in closer to the weeds and downsize your jigs. Rainbow trout can be caught by trolling small lures or popgear, or still-fishing with popular baits. A few Kokanee salmon have also been picked up by trollers and we expect that even more will be caught this summer. Shore fishing is possible near Twin Creeks. You can also fish for splake on the more shallow shorelines at night. Cast a piece of cut bait out and watch your line to move. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort 435-638-1040 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

(May 12) The lake is ice-free and boat launching conditions are great. Spring is a great time to target all species rainbows, splake, perch, even lake trout and you often have the lake nearly to yourself. Some large lake trout are being caught by trolling rainbow trout-imitating lures outside the weedlines. Jigging can also pick up some lake trout, though it has been a little less successful than trolling lately. For splake, anchor outside the weedline and fish with 1/8-ounce jigs or jigging spoons tipped with perch, chub, or sucker meat in 30-60 feet. For perch, move in closer to the weeds and downsize your jigs. Rainbow trout can be caught by trolling small lures or still fishing with popular baits. Shore fishing is possible near Twin Creeks. You can also fish for splake on the more shallow shorelines at night. Cast a piece of cut bait out and watch your line to move. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort (435) 638-1040 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

(Apr 29) Last weekend, the wind blew the rest of the ice off the lake, and you can now launch boats. Spring is a great time to target all species including rainbows, splake, perch and lake trout and you often have the whole lake to yourself. 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

(May 26) There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is full.

(Apr 29) The ice is off, and the reservoir is full.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so the water flow in the upper Fremont has increased. Sevenmile and UM creeks are also running high. The lower river below Highway 12 is high and turbid. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

(May 12) Access is now possible from Mill Meadow Reservoir all the way to Fish Lake. Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flow in the upper Fremont has increased. Sevenmile and UM creeks are also running high. The lower river below Highway 12 is high and turbid.

(Apr 29) Access is now possible from Mill Meadow Reservoir all the way to Fish Lake. Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows in the upper Fremont have increased. Sevenmile and UM creeks are also running high. The lower river below Highway 12 is high and turbid.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 12) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 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 last year spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches).

(Apr 29) Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove the illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations grow.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(May 26) Catfish are getting more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs with water temperatures in the mid- to upper 60F range. 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 in size). They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far.

(May 12) Catfish are getting more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs with water temperatures in the mid 60s. Largemouth bass have also been lately. Pike have also been observed around the shorelines at DMAD. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish.

(Apr 29) Catfish are becoming more active at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Anglers have observed pike around the shorelines at DMAD. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access from the north should open soon. Fishing is good to excellent with streamers, spinners and jigs. Some very nice fish have been caught. Bait fishing will open on May 20.

(May 12) Access is possible from the south. The ice is off and the reservoir is full. Fishing is good to excellent with streamers, spinners, and jigs. Some very nice fish have been caught. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 20.

(Apr 29) You can now access the reservoir from the south. The ice is off, and the reservoir is full. Fishing is good to excellent with streamers and jigs. Anglers have caught some very nice fish. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 20.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) The reservoir is full and spilling. 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.

(May 12) The reservoir is full and spilling. 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.

(Apr 29) The reservoir is full and spilling. A netting survey last week 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

(May 26) Lake elevation: 3,614 feet Water temperatures: 6366F

Lake Powell is rising rapidly. If you're visiting over Memorial Day weekend, make sure to readjust your tie lines at least once a day for boats tied to shore. Don't leave your car parked on low, flat spots near the lake shore at Lone Rock or other camping areas. The lake could rise rapidly and cover the car while you are camping uplake. Once your equipment is safe, then you are free to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Lake Powell.

Fishing will be great because the water temperature is still in the magical 64F zone. However, it will take a bit of investigation to find fish. Bass and other shoreline dwellers will not move on shore as quickly as the lake comes up. Newly covered brush in shallow water may not be occupied because it takes fish a while to move into the new habitat. Instead, look for old habitat that is 10 or more feet deep to find fish congregations. One technique that works well in rising water is to find a recently submerged island or long point. Cast to the shallow part of the structure and then work the bait deeper to find the holding depth. Once you discover the depth, the next cast should go to the same spot without taking time to work from shallow to deep water. I predict that you will be more successful in catching larger fish by targeting depths of 10 to 25 feet of water instead of casting in water that is less than 10 feet near shore.

Walleye may be the most likely fish to catch in these conditions, particularly in the northern lake. They prefer a flat bench near shore or a shallow ridge in open water. In either habitat, walleye will be near the edge of the drop off. Use a bottom bouncer with a worm harness trolled slowly along the ridge at 1 mph. Make sure the bouncer weight hits the bottom often and that you can feel when it hits. Trolling 'banana lures' like Wally Divers is very effective in the warming water conditions. Troll across points where you make bottom contact and you can catch fish as soon as the lure breaks free from bottom structure.

Here is a word of caution for when you're using this shallow trolling technique in areas with quagga mussels. Transitioning from shallow to deep water allows the trolling line to hit bottom slightly before the lure. Mussel shells are sharp and can cut the line before the lure hits the rocks. If you use a floating lure in this circumstance, it is possible to return to the spot where the lure grounded out and find it floating on the surface. I used one floating lure last week and recovered it twice after the line was cut by mussels, before losing it for good on the third try.

Bass are still in rocky structure, and bigger is better when looking for rocky structure. Drop a plastic grub on the shady side of a rock for a consistent catch. Brown, green and chartreuse grubs in single or double tail are all working. Finding fish holding habitat is more important than choosing the right color grub. In locations with many small bass, it is wise to keep 20 of the smallmouth to allow the remaining bass in that cove to get bigger.

Largemouth will now be in shallow water in the thickest bush they can find. Nice green bass may also be hiding under the shade of the flotsam in coves that have thick floating debris.

Striped bass are near spawning. That means you can catch the big healthy fish at night. The rest of the population is moving toward the backs of canyons looking for shad. However, shad are small in number and size. Stripers are still eating plankton and crayfish. They can be targeted by trolling shallow running lures along shore at a depth of 15 to 25 feet. Each time you catch a striper, make sure to cast lures to the same spot to find followers.

Bait fishing for stripers is picking up dramatically in the Bullfrog area. Most of the canyons above and below Bullfrog Bay will have schools of stripers holding right at the intersection of the canyon and the main channel. Chum with anchovies to get the school started and then enjoy the action for the next hour.

In the southern lake, bait fishing is still working but the daily catch has declined from incredible to 15-to-20 fish per trip. The standard spots near the dam and Navajo Canyon are still producing, but the tall walled canyons in Last Chance, Rock Creek and Wetherill are holding a lot of fish. If you can find one of those hungry schools, your catch rate will soar.

Bluegill are near spawning and anglers are catching surprisingly large fish. Channel catfish are two weeks away from spawning and will provide great fishing in June.

Overall, fishing should be great over the Holiday weekend. The water is clear from Wahweap to Bullfrog, but muddy upstream from Cedar Canyon in the main channel and above Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan.

(May 19) Lake elevation: 3,610 feet Water temperatures: 6366F

The surface water temperature for most of the week was 64F. End of report! (For those that need a bit more information the details are below.)

Striped Bass adults prefer a temperature of 64F. At this comfort level, trophy-sized fish, adults and juveniles have free reign and can travel in any direction, to any depth and to feed anywhere. Trophy-sized fish cannot handle warmer water and must stay in the 64F range. You can find adult fish close to the warm surface layer by shallow trolling and casting. Young stripers are near the surface eating plankton (until they find young shad). They are also susceptible to trolling and casting.

Large and smallmouth bass spawn when the water temperature is between 60 to 66F. Male bass guard nests and can often be seen in shallow water. Females feed ravenously, as they are very active and excited about spawning. Bass are in shallow water and are very catchable on open water reefs and along the rocky shoreline. This activity level along with desire to feed more in warmer water makes bass very active and easier to catch.

Crappie are nearing the end of their spawning season. Feeding has become the higher priority. Crappie are still very active and quite catchable.

Walleye have completed spawning, but are reacting to the warming water by feeding at a higher level. They are known to feed early and late, but this temperature range has them feeding extremely well at mid-day (10 a.m.2 p.m.). Walleye are very active and will continue to increase in activity as the water temperature increases into the low-70s. They will do even better as the water continues to warm.

Bluegill and green sunfish increase their feeding behavior as water warms to 65 to 70F. It will take only a few more degrees before spawning will occur. The bluegill activity level has increased dramatically. Fish size has also increased recently and anglers have seen many larger bluegill. These voraciously feeding, larger bluegill add a whole new sport fishing possibility in Lake Powell. Big fish are now available in large schools in 12 to 25 feet of 64F water.

Even channel catfish are responding to the warming water. They spawn as the water warms into the 70s. That is a ways off, but their feeding level has increased. Catfish are now easier to catch.

In summary, this is the best time to fish in the springtime. The very best water temperature for spawning, feeding and activity is available to all sport fish in the lake.

Therefore, it is not surprising that our fishing trip today was awesome. We motored uplake to Face Canyon and then tried trolling and casting for bass and stripers. Our trolling lures were rattletraps (Lucky Craft LV's) and mid-depth crankbaits (Lucky Craft pointer SPs, Bevy Shad). We trolled close to shore, targeting rocky reefs and points where the depth quickly fell from 1015 feet down to 3040 feet. Trolling was very successful. We seldom went more than five minutes without catching a striper or smallmouth bass. Each time one of us hooked a fish by trolling, the other angler would reel in fast and then cast to the shallow shoreline to get another hit. When we had worked over a productive shoreline and failed to get another hit, we moved on. We found great success using this technique and moving from Face Canyon to the Buoy 25 coves and shoreline, to Gregory Butte coves, to the mouth of West Canyon and Dove Canyon, and finally to Dungeon Canyon.

Our catch included 30 stripers, 25 large and smallmouth bass, and two large bluegill (caught by trolling). The weather was agreeable. It was a mild day in between windy events with a pleasant air temperature. And it was great to catch so many fish with short stays in many locations. Spring fishing is now at its peak. If you want to catch fish, now is a good time to come to the lake.

(May 10) Lake elevation: 3,606 feet

Water temperatures: 6267F

Dan Miller from Paonia, CO caught a 29-pound striped bass near Bullfrog on May 6. The big fish was caught on a four-inch Berkeley Smelt. May is the best month to catch a trophy striper at Lake Powell.

Bass have moved back on to the spawning beds after the cold spell that slowed things down last week. You can see nests from Bullfrog to Wahweap where visibility is still between five and 10 feet. There is no chance of sight fishing in the northern lake where visibility is three feet or less.

Sight fishing is unique because you can often see a male bass often hovering over the light-colored circular rock depression. Usually your boat will be too close to the nest when you see it to actually catch the guarding fish, but it is possible to return to the site at a later date, throw a long cast and catch the male guardian. Larger females are usually in close proximity, so you can catch them by fishing the deeper water next to the nest location. Yamamoto five-inch senkos are working well now for nesting bass while other smallmouth can be caught on plastic grubs. The green, watermelon and green pumpkin colors are all working well.

Walleye fishing is hot! There were at least four tagged walleye caught over the weekend, which is more than were caught in 2016. The walleye contest did not start until July last year, which made it tough to catch large numbers of walleye. May is definitely the best walleye fishing month at Lake Powell with the water temperature in the 60s and low 70s.

Jason Johnston reported catching 80 walleyes, 11 stripers and 1 smallmouth bass fishing from 7 a.m.3 p.m. last Saturday and Sunday in the Halls area. All of the fish were caught on crawler harnesses with two- to three-ounce bouncers in 15 to 45 feet. The best speed was 1.2 mph, and orange beads with silver or gold blades produced the most fish.

Walleye are very active now and can be caught all day long. They are abundant from the Escalante to the Colorado River inflow. Most of the tagged fish are near Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. The best technique is to use a live worm or artificial bait, like Berkeley Gulp Minnows and Smelt. Maintain bottom contact while slowly moving the bait along a flat bench in the 10 to 30 foot range. When filleting the walleye don't forget to take the cheek meat for a special dinner surprise.

Striped bass fishing is slowing down in well know areas like the dam. Its time to expand your range while chasing stripers to canyon walls further uplake. There are many untouched bait fishing spots in most canyons, including Warm Creek Wall, Labyrinth Wall, Padre Canyon, Last Chance and Rock Creek. Look for the high cliff walls near the back of the canyon for best results. Just chum an area and fish for a short time to find fish. If you don't catch any fish, then move to the next likely spot.

The mature stripers are preparing to spawn. They respond to rapid warming and spawn at night. That makes them good angling targets at dusk and dawn, but not easy to catch during the day.

This is the peak of the spring fishing season with fish that are willing to respond to your favorite techniques. Expect great results through the rest of May.

(May 3) Lake elevation: 3,604 feet Water temperatures: 5762F

Cool, windy weather challenged our walleye tagging trip. The water in lower Good Hope Bay was murky but fishable. The visibility was about three feet. That's fine for walleye, but may inhibit bass and stripers from finding our baits. The catch rate for bass was slow and stripers were uncommon. So we used bottom-bouncing techniques to target the walleye that are abundant in the northern lake. The water temperature ranged from 5762F during the day, which proved to be a bit cool for these walleye.

The best walleye trips last year were when the water temperature ranged from 6580F. We had a large group of anglers, however, that managed to tag almost 200 walleye from Seven Mile Canyon to Red Canyon. Now that our tagging trip is done, the water temperature is going to climb into the 60s. That will turn on walleye fishing lakewide. May is the magic month and the best time to catch a tagged fish from Wahweap to Good Hope Bay. Here are some helpful hints.

We found walleye most often on flat benches that averaged 20 to 25 feet deep. Sometimes there was a bench or flat extending from a steep cliff wall. Trolling close to the wall and over the bench will put the nightcrawler right along the ledge where the fish are holding. Other productive habitats included an open water ridge where the shallow peak was near 20 to 25 feet. The surrounding water was much deeper, often falling to 70 to 100 feet. Walleye liked to park on top of the ridge and wait for food. Trolling a bottom bouncer along the ridge top was very effective. The most common technique was to just fish near shore where the underwater ledges were near 20 feet. The lakewide message is to know the depth and fish on flat surfaces near the 20 foot mark.

The best technique during our trip was to make bottom contact with a bottom bouncer rig that weighed one to three ounces. Heavy rigs worked on the cliff wall bench where the weight would make a distinct thump as it contacted the bottom. Each time the weight came off the bottom, it would make another distinct jolt with bottom contact. This worked when fishing almost straight down (jigging) on a shallow small bench where the rig would not be as effective on the deep water side of the bench.

Lighter bottom-bouncer rigs could be slow trolled over large shallow flats where the nightcrawler was displayed over a large flat area until it made contact with a hungry walleye. The most successful presentation in colder water was to impale whole nightcrawlers on a two or three hook harness. That may change as the water warms and walleye get more aggressive.

There are other techniques that will work better in the upcoming warmer days including trolling a walleye lure (banana-shaped crankbaits) over rocky main channel points that are 12 to 20 feet deep. Target the 12-foot depth so that the lure hits the bottom on the top of the point and then swims into open water where a waiting walleye will often bite. When you catch a walleye, retrace your steps and then troll over the ridge again or cast worm harnesses or a bass grub adorned with a piece of worm to catch more fish. Walleye tend to live in groups. Catching one fish by any method is a sign to return to that site and work that area extensively to catch more fish in their gathering spot.

If you want to win a prize for catching a tagged fish, you must pre-register for the contest online. If you catch a tagged fish, send a picture of the tagged fish, the tag number and a report to waynegustaveson@utah.gov. I will then award you with a prize for catching the tagged fish. We appreciate your efforts in helping us learn more about walleye population numbers, travel patterns and habits in Lake Powell.

Bass, stripers, bluegill and crappie have not changed their habits much since April because of the recent cold, windy weather. Anglers are still catching stripers on bait in the main channel. The best locations are still in the southern lake, with the addition of Moki wall close to the mouth of Moki Canyon at midlake.

Healthy stripers will start looking for a spawning sites and switch over to their nocturnal spawning habits. Expect stripers to be super aggressive before dawn and lethargic during the day. This is the time for fly anglers to fish sinking lines and clouser minnows to catch large female stripers in deep water.

Bass have pulled off their nest sites in the cooler water, but they will return to spawn again as the water warms this week. Crappie will follow their lead. I did see annual weeds going under the rising lake on the last trip, which means bass and crappie hatched in the next two weeks will have some cover to help them survive.

It is time to go fishing. Each species is reacting positively to the warming water and will be catchable with various angling techniques in the days ahead.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access is good and the reservoir is filling fast. Fishing is good to excellent.

(May 12) Access is good and the reservoir is filling fast. Good to excellent fishing reported.

(Apr 29) Access is good, and the reservoir is filling quickly. 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

(May 26) The reservoir is full. Good fly fishing reported at the inlets with leech patterns. Also try flashy spinners and lures.

(May 12) The reservoir is full. Good fly fishing reported at the inlets with leech patterns. Also try flashy spinners and lures.

(Apr 29) The reservoir is full. Anglers report good fly fishing at the inlets with leech patterns. You may also want to try flashy spinners and lures.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) The water level is rising and is fairly clear. Fishing is fair to good. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day. You can catch them by trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are starting to set up on nests and can be readily caught when targeted. Anglers have caught a few nice wipers with crayfish-imitating tackle. 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: four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers up to eight pounds.

(May 12) Mixed fishing reports have been received lately. Anglers have been doing fair to good until midge hatches start. Once that happens, the fish gorge themselves on the naturals and ignore everything else. You may have some great success if you can find a good imitation, but most anglers are struggling during the hatches. The good news is that the trout are in great shape with all the available food. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with 4- to 6-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds. No reports yet on wiper fishing.

(Apr 29) Anglers report mixed fishing success. The action is fair to good until midge hatches start. Once that happens, the fish gorge themselves on the naturals and ignore everything else. You may have success if you can find a good imitation, but most anglers are struggling during the hatches. The good news is that the trout are in great shape with all the available food. 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; some weighed up to eight pounds. We haven't received any reports from anglers on wiper fishing.

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Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) The ice is off and the lake level is rising. The water is already about four feet over the dike. The road has been opened. Rainbow trout will be stocked this week. Splake fishing has been a little slow this spring, but anglers have caught some large, very healthy fish. They may not be terribly hungry, though, with the abundance of chubs.

(May 12) The ice is off, but the road is still closed due to snow. You'll have the lake to yourself if you walk in on the road or hike down off the overlook. The lake is filling fast and could get very high this year, thanks to the good snowpack.

(Apr 29) Some open water has been observed from the overlook, but the road is still covered in snow.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) The reservoir is mostly full and the water is clear. Fishing is fair for rainbows using PowerBait and nightcrawlers from the shore or by trolling flashy lures. Smallmouth bass and wipers should be getting more active soon.

(May 12) The reservoir mostly full and the water is clear. Fair success for rainbows using Power Bait and night crawlers from shore or trolling flashy lures. Smallmouth bass and wipers should be getting more active soon.

(Apr 29) The water is clear. Anglers report fair shoreline fishing for rainbows with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Success is slower from boats.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 26) The reservoir is full, so some of the shorelines will be difficult to fish because of the flooded brush. Shore and boat anglers have reported good fishing.

(May 12) The reservoir is almost full. Fishing is fair to good. Good fishing reported for boat anglers, both bait fishing and trolling. Bait fishing from shore is also getting more successful, though still not as good as from boats.

(Apr 29) The reservoir continues to fill and is now up to 93 percent of capacity. Fishing success is starting to pick up. Boat anglers report good fishing while bait fishing and trolling. If you're trolling, try to stay close to shore a lot of fish are moving in shallow. Bait fishing from shore is also improving, although it's still not as good as from boats. Our angler survey last year found that April is the best month to fish. It offers the year's highest catch rate and lower fishing pressure than the summer months.

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Panguitch Lake

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

(May 26) A recent netting survey found good numbers of all trout species and a lot of quality-sized fish. Rainbow trout are feeding heavily on midge larvae, while tiger and cutthroat trout are feeding on freshwater shrimp. Trolling is starting to produce good results for rainbow trout and medium-sized cutthroat trout. Power Bait is producing good fishing for small- and medium-sized rainbows from the shore or a boat. Fly anglers can do well with nymphs, leeches and wooly buggers. For bigger fish, cast bigger flies. If you really want to get into bigger fish, try fishing cut bait (chub, sucker, shiners or anchovies) as well as tube jigs and swimbaits tipped with cut bait. White is usually the best color for jigs and swimbaits, though darker colors (olive green, pepper, smoke, etc.) have also been producing. Most of the fish you'll catch with these methods will be slot-sized cutthroat and tiger trout that must be released, though you may catch a few large rainbows and slot busters. If you're still-fishing with cut bait, use large single hooks and fish actively. Hole the pole in your hand or watch it closely, so you can set the hook as soon as the fish picks up the bait. If the fish does swallow the hook, just cut the line rather than try to pull the hook out.

(May 12) The water level continues to slowly rise. There is still a lot of snow on the mountain, so look for the lake to fill more quickly this month. A recent netting survey found good numbers of all trout species, with lots of quality-size fish available. Rainbow trout are feeding heavily on midge larvae, while tiger and cutthroat trout are feeding on freshwater shrimp. Trolling is starting to produce good results for rainbow trout and medium-sized cutthroat trout. Power Bait is producing good fishing for small and medium-sized rainbows from shore and boat. Fly anglers can do well with nymphs, leeches, and wooly buggers. For bigger fish, cast bigger flies. If you really want to get into bigger fish, try fishing cut bait (chub, sucker, shiners, anchovies), as well as tube jigs and swimbaits tipped with cut bait. White is usually the best color for jigs and swimbaits, though darker colors (olive green, pepper, smoke, etc) have also been producing. Most fish caught with these methods will be slot-sized cutthroat and tiger trout that must be released, though a few large rainbows and slot busters are also caught. If still fishing with cut bait, use large single hooks and fish it actively (hold the pole in your hand or watch it closely) so you can set the hook as soon as the fish picks up the bait. If the fish does swallow the hook, just cut the line rather than try to pull the hook out.

(Apr 29) The water level continues to slowly rise. There is still a lot of snow on the mountain, so look for the lake to fill more quickly in May. Trolling is starting to produce good results for rainbow trout and medium-sized cutthroat trout. Shore fishing has been slow to fair, although some big fish can be caught if you use the right tackle. Some small rainbow trout can be caught with popular baits (PowerBait, nightcrawler/marshmallow). Fly anglers can pick up rainbows and cutthroat with nymphs, leeches and woolly buggers. For bigger fish, cast bigger flies. If you really want to get into bigger fish, try fishing cut bait (chub, sucker, shiners or anchovies), as well as tube jigs and swimbaits tipped with cut bait. White is usually the best color for jigs and swimbaits, although darker colors (olive green, pepper or smoke) have also been producing. Most fish caught with these methods will be slot-sized cutthroat and tiger trout that must be released, although anglers are also catching a few large rainbows and slot busters. If you're still-fishing with cut bait, use large single hooks and fish it actively (hold the pole in your hand or watch it closely) so you can set the hook as soon as the fish picks up the bait. If the fish does swallow the hook, just cut the line rather than try to pull the hook out.

Regulations

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access is good. Fly fishing from shore and tubes or trolling lures from small boats typically produces well. The rainbow trout here are wild, so manufactured baits (like PowerBait) don't work as well. Use nightcrawlers or other natural baits.

(May 12) Access is good. Fly fishing from shore and tubes, as well as trolling lures from small boats, typically produces well in the spring. The rainbow trout here are wild, so manufactured baits (like Power Bait) don't work as well. Use night crawlers or other natural baits.

(Apr 29) Access is good. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, although fly fishing from shore and tubes, as well as trolling lures from small boats, typically produces well in the spring. The rainbow trout here are wild, so manufactured baits (like PowerBait) don't work as well. Use nightcrawlers or other natural baits.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system increased overwinter survival. There are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout too. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

(May 12) Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system improved overwinter survival and there are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years.

(Apr 29) Access is good. A netting survey last week found that improvements to the water delivery system improved overwinter survival, and there are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years. In addition, 10-inch rainbows will be stocked soon.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

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Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 26) Bass activity continues to increase as the water temperatures warm.

(May 12) Bass activity continues to increase as water temperatures warm. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle.

(Apr 29) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good success. One angler reported good success while trolling at depths of 10 to 15 feet. Bass activity is starting to pick up as water temperatures reach the mid 50s. Focus on cold-weather techniques until the temperature is consistently in the 60s. The keys are to fish deep (2030 feet down) 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.

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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

(May 26) Largemouth bass are very active. You can find bass both in the 15 to 20 feet depth (sometimes called the staging area) and on nests in the shallows. Shore anglers can find plenty of fish along the dikes. Various techniques have been producing well. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this spring. 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.

(May 12) Water temperatures are firmly entrenched in the mid to upper 60s and bass are very active. Bass are being found both in 15-20 feet ('staging' area) as well as on nests in the shallows. Shore anglers can find plenty of fish along the dikes. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The 'Ned' rig is increasingly popular and productive this spring. 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.

(Apr 29) Water temperatures are bouncing back and forth from the upper 50s to low 60s. This means that anglers are finding good to excellent success, depending on the day. Bass are being found in depths of 1520 feet as well as on nests in the shallows. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this spring. 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

(May 26) Access to Solomon Basin is now possible over the top from Forsyth Reservoir. The south end should be accessible soon.

(May 12) Access to Solomon Basin is now possible over the top from Forsyth Reservoir. The south end is still not accessible.

(Apr 29) Access to Solomon Basin is now possible over the top from Forsyth Reservoir. The south end is still not accessible.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Access is good and rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 12) Access is good and rainbow trout have been stocked.

(Apr 29) Access is good, and rainbow trout have been stocked.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports that the water is warming up to the 60F range and largemouth bass are starting to get more active.

(May 12) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports that the water is warming up to almost 60 degrees and largemouth bass are starting to get more active.

(Apr 29) The reservoir is full. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and the state park reports fair to good fishing.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 26) Cathcable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good with popular bait and streamers. Pressure is high on weekends.

(May 12) Access is good. The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good with popular bait and streamers. Now is a good time to target larger rainbow and brook trout before catchable-sized rainbows are stocked. Pressure is high on weekends.

(Apr 29) Access is good. The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good with popular bait and streamers. Now is a good time to target larger rainbow and brook trout before catchable-sized rainbows are stocked. Fishing pressure is high on weekends.

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