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Revised 11-17-18


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

(Nov 17) Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 were each stocked on Sept. 18 and 19 with more than 1,600 rainbow trout. Monticello Lake and Lloyds Lake have also been stocked with rainbow trout averaging about 10 inches long. Expect snow in some areas of the Abajo Mountains, as well as ice on some reservoirs.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 17) Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Benches Pond was stocked most recently on Aug. 14 with 500 rainbow trout averaging more than 11 inches long. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Benches Pond may soon freeze over, so use caution.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Several Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2019. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Snow has limited access to some areas, especially the Boulder Top. Recent cold temperatures have also resulted in thin ice on many lakes. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spincasting anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box.

Regulations

Boulger Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Fishing has been good at Boulger Reservoir. This waterbody was most recently stocked on Aug. 14 with more than 500 rainbow trout averaging over 11 inches long. Try using night crawlers or PowerBait for catching these. Boulger Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers report good to excellent fishing with nymphs and small streamers.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) The water level is low at Cleveland Reservoir, but anglers are still having success catching trout, both from the shore and out on the water. Fly anglers have been using medium- and fast-sinking line with size 6 and 8 bead-headed lures. These lures include woolly buggers in brown/orange, brown or green leeches, and black/green soft hackle flies. Anglers have also had a lot of success catching rainbow trout while trolling with pop gear or bait fishing from shore. The water level at Cleveland Reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation needs, so the DWR has raised the daily bag limit and possession limit to eight trout at this waterbody until Jan. 1, 2019. Cleveland Reservoir may soon freeze over, so use caution.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) The flow is below 15 cfs perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so only small boats can be launched. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 17) Anglers may not harvest or possess kokanee salmon through Nov. 30. Boat launching opportunities are limited due to ice in the marinas. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish that weigh up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Conditions should continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(Nov 17) Anglers report fair fishing for a number of species at Gunnison Bend and DMAD. Try using small jigs and nightcrawlers.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Lake Powell

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

STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Oct 25) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,591 feet Water temperatures: 66F

We will be sampling fish with gill nets at Good Hope Bay and Rincon Monday through Friday of next week. Therefore, this will be the last regular weekly report for 2018. Each year we do gill net studies to document changes in fish populations, health indexes, and to help us understand how the fishery is doing compared to previous years. The gill netting sites include Wahweap, San Juan (Piute), Rincon and Good Hope Bay (Red Canyon). Gill netting data dates back to 1973 so there is a long history of netting data for comparison.

This week we placed nets in the San Juan from Piute Canyon toward the Great Bend. The most numerous fish species collected were gizzard shad (from 4 to 20 inches) and striped bass. Smallmouth bass numbers were below average but that may have more to do with the stormy weather or changing habitat encountered. Results from the other three stations will help us understand that more fully.

We did have some volunteers show up to help us pick fish out of a couple of nets. We politely told the two otters to leave the fish in the nets and to stop eating the tails off the smallmouth bass, which seemed to be their preferred fish. They looked quizzically at us and then went on their way to a new spot.

After the netting was completed we went fishing along the large wall on the right side before entering the Great Bend. We caught a couple of stripers trolling and a few more on spoons but catching was not fast enough. We went up the Great Bend and saw two fishing boats with anglers willing to give us fish reports. The first report indicated good smallmouth fishing along the canyon walls. The second report of a striper boil caused us to turn around and head back downstream to where the water depth in the Great Bend was 30 to 40 feet. Stripers were not boiling on the sunny side of the channel where they had been reported in the morning but we saw splashes in the shade of the afternoon sun. We chased splashes and caught 20 stripers on surface lures, crank baits and spoons. They moved quickly over a half mile area but each time we saw a splash we caught a few more fish. It was a great way to finish our last trip to the San Juan this year.

Reports from Good Hope Bay indicated slow fishing which improved with distance traveled upstream. The mudline near Trachyte produced stripers caught trolling and spooning with the best habitat being quick drop-offs where the depth quickly changed from 10 to 25 feet. The best trolling lures were purple Flicker Shad and Rattletraps and a black-backed jointed Rapala.

The crazy weather lately is very unusual for late October where calm weather is the normal. As those normal fall weather conditions return and stabilize expect fishing success to improve for all species.

For now, the best option is to target the 30 to 40 foot depth strata when looking for stripers near the back of a canyon. Trolling is the best way to find fish now but as the water cools stripers will seek deeper water and spooning will be the best technique.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Nov 17) Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Drifting nymphs under a strike indicator also works well.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

No recent reports.

Regulations

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

No recent reports.

Regulations

Panguitch Lake

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

(Nov 17) Fishing is fair to good in the morning and late afternoon but slows down during the mid-day hours. You can catch rainbow trout on popular baits (i.e., PowerBait and nightcrawlers). If you're targeting larger cutthroat and tiger trout, try dark-green tube jigs, swimbaits and cut bait.

Regulations

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Tiger trout are growing well and providing some fun action. Anglers have reported good fishing with flies and lures for fish ranging from 12 to 15 inches long.

Regulations

Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Quail Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Nov 17) Bass fishing is fair to good.

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

(Nov 17) Largemouth bass fishing is fair to good. Bass are holding at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Spinnerbaits, swim baits, crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices.

Regulations

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

No recent reports.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Nov 17) Willow Lake was stocked most recently on Sept. 10 with about 1,000 rainbow trout. Willow Lake has also been stocked with tiger trout this year. Try using traditional baits and spinners or tube jigs for catching fish here. Access to Willow Lake may be limited due to recent snowfall and muddy road conditions.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Nov 17) Rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout are abundant and providing fair to good fishing. For brook trout, try fishing deep with marabou jigs, woolly buggers, Gulp minnows and nightcrawlers.

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