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Revised 06-16-17

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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.

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.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout


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


Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.


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.


Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jun 9) The reservoir is now accessible. To catch trout here, try using worms or jigs and other traditional lures.


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.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jun 9) Anglers report good fishing using crystal buggers, bead head olive leeches and other fly tackle. Traditional trout lures are also working. Please be aware, however, that access to roads and campgrounds along Skyline Drive is limited due to snow and mud.

(May 26) Anglers report good fishing using crystal buggers, bead head olive leeches and other fly tackle. Traditional trout lures are also working. However, please be aware that access to roads and campgrounds along Skyline Drive is limited due to snow and mud. Seasonal road closures may also be in effect

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


(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.


Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


(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.

Fish Lake

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


(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.


Forsyth Reservoir

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


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

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout


(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.

Gunlock Reservoir

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


No recent reports.


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.

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.


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.

Lake Powell

Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye



(Jun 16) by Wayne Gustaveson:

Lake elevation: 3,626.58 feet Water temperatures: 6978F

In the last report, I mentioned that stripers would soon feed on the surface. We now have confirmation! Stripers are slurping lakewide. The recent windy days kept stripers down as the waves crashed against the shore and messed up surface visibility where young shad swim. June 14, the water was finally calm and stripers were on top early eating baby shad by the millions. The twenty stripers I caught this morning averaged about 50 shad per stomach. The shad averaged .75 inches in length. That equates to 1,000 shad. It's time to go save some shad and catch stripers in the process.

Here is the plan: Stripers hit the surface shortly after dawn and continue to feed randomly throughout the day. I saw slurps the morning of June 14 in Warm Creek, Gunsight mouth, Labyrinth Bay, Padre Bay east wall, Gregory Butte bay, West Canyon mouth and Dove Canyon mouth. There was still a breeze blowing in Rock Creek, so I didn't see any striper slurps there. I am sure the same events played out uplake. If it was calm, then there were stripers slurping.

Surface feeding stripers stayed up longer and were more likely to hit my lures better today than last week. I could cast Lucky Craft (ghost) Pointers beyond the surface feeding school and work the lure through the closely feeding fish. With a good cast, and if the stripers continued to feed in the same direction, I connected with a fish about half the time. The four-inch lure is a lot bigger than the forage, so each striper has to give up small shad to feed on something really big like my lure. Later in the day, I though that these fish might be bold enough to hit topwater. I tried an Ima Skimmer (white) and found that they were just as likely to hit the surface lure as the crankbait. I used topwater the rest of the day.

Schools varied in size from 10 to about 50 fish. They fed in a semi-circular pattern like adults cornering full grown shad. Lures that landed inside the group caused a few to splash but caused others to hit the lure. The school moved fast enough that only one cast could reach the group. You'll need a trolling motor in high gear or a big motor at fast idle to keep up with the rapidly moving school.

Most of the schools were in the main channel over deep water. Spoons did not work as well over deep water as they did when the escaping school heads to the bottom and stops at 30 to 40 feet. I didn't catch any fish on spoons. Stripers continued to slurp until 11 a.m. when wake boat traffic increased. They will blow up any time they find food and calm seas. Expect to see slurps randomly throughout the day, but more commonly early morning and late evening.

Adult stripers are still locked below 20 feet by the warm surface water. Bait can work, but crayfish are coming out of hiding and adult stripers are searching the flats along the shore for a good meal. You can catch adult stripers by trolling in the 10 to 30 foot strata. Storm Deep Thundersticks are working quite well.

Bass fishing has not kept pace with stripers. The rapidly rising water levels may be hindering the bass catch rate. Bass are staying in their preferred, previously found holding structure and have not moved up even though the water level rose another five feet this week. The water temperature also plummeted from 76F last week to 69F the morning of June 14. Bass are not biting as well as they did last week, but I think they will recover as the water temperature warms up this week. Look in the same rocky habitat or flooded brush points to find willing smallmouth. Largemouth bass are tucked in tightly in shallow, weedy water. Expect bluegill and largemouth to be close by and sharing the same habitat.

Now is the time to try fishing for catfish because these bottom dwellers are in spawning mode and are super active.

Anglers caught two more tagged walleye this week. Both fish came from the Cedar to Knowles canyon area of the main channel, and both were tagged in Good Hope Bay but moved downstream. We will continue to analyze walleye movement and will report when we have conclusive information.

My next move is to post this report and then go fishing for slurping stripers!

(Jun 9) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,622 feet Water temperatures: 7378F

Stripers are in transition. The lake is still filling rapidly, but the bigger news is that stripers are feeding on the surface. The ultimate goal of many freshwater anglers is to fish a striper boil. We are not quite there, but the big event is only a few weeks away. Right now we have the next best surface feeding event which I have named slurps or slurping.

Shad are being hatched lakewide. We are not able to tell the difference between threadfin and gizzard shad larvae until the tiny fish grow a bit. Right now, baby shad are only 5 to 10 mm long. Healthy stripers have been subsisting by eating plankton. Now they are very happy to let shad eat plankton while they eat shad. Striper's often eat between 50 and 100 microscopic shad per day. It would be better for stripers to wait until shad were at least an inch long, so they could get more nutrition from less fish, but they have no patience. As anglers, it's our job as anglers to watch for slurps and then attack the marauding stripers to catch as many as possible and let the surviving shad run away. Your reward will be some of the smaller healthy stripers, which are great table fare.

I must remind you, though, that the slurping striper school is feeding shoulder-to-shoulder while moving through a shad school. When some stripers run out of shad, they leave the feeding line and search for the next shad group. Cast towards those lookers with a small surface lure, shallow running crankbait or a small Kastmaster spoon. If the lure lands in the middle of the feeding line, the whole group splashes away and yo won't catch any. If that happens, don't be discouraged and just wait for them to surface again a short distance away and make a better cast.

We have seen slurps for two weeks between the San Juan and the Escalante. Last week, Bullfrog erupted with many small slurps. Wahweap is still waiting for topwater action. Slurps have also been recently seen in Warm Creek near double islands, Labyrinth Canyon mouth, West Canyon and the mouth of Rock Creek. Expect each day to provide more surface action as shad get bigger and more numerous, and more stripers discover them on the surface.

Bait fishing is not over. Warming water tends to move larger stripers into deeper water. Shad are on the surface, so adult stripers are still searching for bait. Expect to find them in the same locations that have been reported for the past month.

Smallmouth bass are the next most likely fish to catch. Look for deep structure, like a long point that does not change much as the water comes up five feet. Bass will move up the brushy point to their preferred feeding depth.

Anglers are still catching walleye like crazy from Bullfrog to Good Hope. 20 of the tagged walleye have been caught from Bullfrog to Good Hope, but two have come from Padre Bay on the south end of the lake. We are starting to see quite a bit of movement from Good Hope Bay fish as they move downstream. One reason for the walleye contest was to determine migration patterns by comparing tagging location to the capture point. There will be another bunch of tagged fish caught during June. With the water warming and rising, expect to see walleye move from rocky flats into the submerged trees. Their favorite feeding technique is to park in a submerged tree top and wait for food to swim by. Trolling a shallow running lure right over the tree tops is the best way to catch walleye. That technique will be working within the next two weeks, if not sooner.

Catfish are nearing spawning now that the water temperature is in the 70s. They are very active and easy to catch as prespawn fish. Just put a worm on the bottom in the back of a cove or bay. Fish 10 to 20 feet deep and let the meandering catfish find your bait for fast action.

The detailed information above was June 6. I went fishing on June 7 to test out my theories. Here is what I found: Young stripers were slurping on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut. They were flighty and not interested in my rattletrap, so I went on. Saw another slurp at the mouth of Labyrinth. No takers. so I switched to a small silverspoon.

I then trolled a deep Thunderstick along the east wall in Padre Bay. Caught one healthy three-pound striper, but no more. My next spot was just upstream from Buoy 25. I trolled for stripers without success, so I tried for bass with a five-inch senko. I cut it in half and placed it on a leadhead jig, which smallmouth bass just loved. There are rock reefs near shore that drop off to 15 to 20 feet. At each drop off, the senko was consumed shortly after hitting bottom by eager 1.5-pound smallmouth bass. That was quick fishing, but I moved on because I had more lake to cover.

I saw a fishing boat catching fish like crazy near Gregory Butte. When asked, they showed me the bait they were using. Surprisingly, it was a five-inch senko cut in half and fished on a leadhead jig. Great minds think alike! That stubby, square-plastic bait worked extremely well the rest of the trip.

I went around Gregory Butte to the mouth of West Canyon. On the second long point, I tried trolling with no luck and then tossed the senko toward the edge of a reef. The smallmouth bass went crazy as the bait hit the bottom. On the east side of the mouth of West Canyon, the lake is covering the long points and brush. I tried the senko with similar great success and caught a number of bass. I then caught two walleye in 10 feet of water near brushy cover.

Around the corner in the mouth of Dove Canyon, another fishing boat was using bait and catching some really nice stripers near shore in 45 feet of water. I dropped my small spoon and caught one of their fish. Then I started working back to Wahweap.

In the middle of the West Canyon bay, I saw another slurping striper school at mid-day. This time I caught a small striper on my small one-inch spoon, cast just beyond the slurping school. In the Gregory Butte Bay (west side), I crossed another reef and tried the senko with similar success. Near the reef in 30 feet of water, I graphed a school of fish which I assumed would be small stripers. The small spoon was deployed and I caught two fish: both of them bluegill. These adult sunfish were working in open water eating plankton. I saw another small fish school on the bottom and dropped my spoon down to catch a sunfish and caught a walleye.

It was time to head in, so I ignored all the great looking habitat and just went home. Fishing at Lake Powell is amazing!

(Jun 4) Information compiled by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,618 feet Water temperatures: 6873F

Lake Powell has risen four feet in the last week. Expect the same for this week. Inflow is over 80,000 acre feet with only 21,000 acre feet being released. Re-tie your boat anchor lines each morning and then enjoy the day. Rapidly rising water is flooding vegetation that has not been wet for a while. This new habitat attracts largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie like a magnet.

Water temperature is in the high 60s in the morning and mid-70s in the afternoon. The warmer water means that it's spawning time for bluegill, carp, channel catfish and threadfin shad. Bluegill and catfish are very active during the spawn and easy to catch. You can see bluegill guarding nests. They'll respond to a chunk of worm on a very small hook. Try attaching a bobber about six feet above the bait so you can see the subtle bite as the bobber wiggles. The size of bluegill is very impressive for a panfish and the fight is like a roller coaster ride. Give it a try.

Water clarity is decreasing lakewide as algae numbers increase. This is turning the water a lovely blue/green color in the southern lake. Sloughing banks make many mud lines that just float on the surface while giving walleye a pleasant place to hide as they wait for the next meal to swim by. Walleye are ambush feeders that lie in wait for a tasty morsel to swim in view. If that happens to be your nightcrawler towed behind a bottom bouncer, or a plastic jig with a chunk of worm attached, the chances are good that the hungry walleye will bite the bait.

The northern lake from the San Juan to White Canyon is the walleye hotspot. There have been over 20 tagged walleye captured in the last two weeks. Chris Crosby was the winner when he caught two tagged fish in one day in Good Hope Bay. He reported that the water clarity was only a few inches upstream from Red Canyon, two to three feet in Ticaboo and was over six feet in Blue Notch. Good Hope Bay is fishable despite the high runoff.

Smallmouth bass fishing is amazing with active fish in rock structure lakewide. I took a break from striper fishing over the weekend and pulled into an isolated main channel rock slide in Last Chance Canyon. My goal was to see how many bass I could catch in 10 casts using a four-inch Senko lazily attached to a jighead. I cast the bait to the rocks and then let it six to 10 feet. When the lure hit bottom, I tested it gingerly to see if there was extra weight on the uplift. If so, the hook was set and I could reel in a fish. I caught seven bass on 10 casts. That was better than expected but disappointing because fish number eight got away. Oh well, next time!

Striper fishing is still as hot as the weather from Wahweap to Bullfrog. Stripers were kind enough to delight most of the anglers who went to down to the dam over the Holiday weekend. Anchovy bait was used effectively at the dam, Buoy 3, Antelope Canyon mouth and first point, Navajo Canyon first two points beyond the double islands, and Warm Creek Wall (intersection of Warm Creek and the main channel at Buoy 12). Further uplake, anglers were catching stripers on bait in Last Chance, Rock Creek and the steep walls near Dangling Rope. You can still catch stripers on bait at Bullfrog, Moki Wall and mouth of Moki Canyon. It will be possible to catch stripers on bait in most canyons on the lake for the next two weeks. However the end is in sight.

Stripers are waiting for shad to become available, so they can revert back to what they do best: chasing shad relentlessly. Shad have spawned and tiny fish are growing. Striper slurps have been reported in the channel from the mouth of the San Juan to the Escalante. Shad may be hidden by the cloudy water in the northern lake. If you're looking for surface action this week head downstream from Bullfrog or upstream from Rainbow Bridge. Shad like to spawn in the backs of canyons, so you'll likely see the young shad and hungry stripers in the backs of major canyons lake wide.

Lake Powell has a robust fishery which means that some fish will be available to catch using the right techniques at any time of the year. Right now, there's a wide variety to choose from.

The scenery is incredible and the fish are amazing. I love this place!

(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.


Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

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

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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


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


Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


(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.


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.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)


(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.


Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout


(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.


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.


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.


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.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.


Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout


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


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



(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.


Thousand Lakes Mountain


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

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 26) 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.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jun 9) The lake is now open and accessible, but roads may be muddy or otherwise hazardous. Use caution when traveling up Ferron Canyon.

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.


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