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Revised 05-18-18


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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

(May 11) Several waters on the Abajo Mountains are now accessible, and fishing has been good at most of them.

(May 3) Some waters may be accessible on the Abajo Mountains, but road conditions vary. Use caution.

(Apr 23) Some waters may be accessible on the Abajo Mountains, but road and ice conditions vary. Use caution.

Baker Reservoir

Crayfish, Brown Trout, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are sending mixed reports of fishing success.

(May 5) Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Mixed reports of fishing success have been received.

(Apr 23) The reservoir is full and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers report mixed fishing success.

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) All gates are open on the Kents Lake loop, but you may find some wet spots or an occasional snowdrift up high. Access is great up to the Kents lakes. We completed netting surveys this week at the Kents lakes and found plenty of fish, even before the spring stocking. Lower Kents Lake (Tushar) has good numbers of holdover rainbows and brook trout. Middle Kents Lake has lots of tiger trout, with a handful of rainbows and cutthroat. We even caught an 11-pound tiger — really, that's not a typo! Upper Kents Lake had the best average size and condition, with plenty of quality-sized cutthroat and brook trout. Now is the time to fish the upper lake before the algae blooms begin. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks.

(May 5) Access is possible as far as Upper Kent's Lake, though the road is snow covered after the latest storms. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks.

Beaver River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Regulations

Benches Pond Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Benches Pond is accessible, but the ice is melting and too unstable for ice fishing.

(May 3) Some waters may be accessible on the Abajo Mountains, but road conditions vary. Use caution.

Regulations

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) All lakes below the rim are accessible and ice-free. The Boulder Top should be accessible by early June. You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) 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

No recent reports.

Regulations

Box Creek Reservoirs

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Clear Creek

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The creek is flowing at around 45 cfs with runoff, although it has decreased some in the last few days. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. You can find good fishing as long as flows remain clear.

(May 5) Flow is up with runoff. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Good fishing can be had as long as flows are clear.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) There is open water along much of the shoreline at Cleveland Reservoir, so any accessible ice is too unstable for ice fishing. You may soon be able to catch fish from the shore here.

(May 4) There is open water along much of the shoreline at Cleveland Reservoir, so any accessible ice is too unstable for ice fishing. You may soon be able to catch fish from the shore here.

(Apr 23) Cleveland Reservoir will begin to thaw soon, and the snow and ice on the lake will be unstable. Use extra caution before venturing out. Anglers have had success catching rainbow trout using tube jigs tipped with mealworms. Fishing has been best before noon.

East Fork of Sevier River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Limited releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have begun, and the flow is up to 35 cfs. This flow is still fishable, and fishing should remain fair to good until it increases to 100 cfs.

(May 5) Limited releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have begun and flow is up to 30 cfs. This flow is still fishable and fishing should remain fair to good until it increases to 100 cfs.

Regulations

Enterprise Reservoirs

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) 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 launch. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Anglers report slow to fair fishing.

(May 5) The lower reservoir is mostly full, while the upper is about half full. The water level is still below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Slow to fair fishing reported.

Fish Lake

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was canceled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch, take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. The ice is completely gone, and boats are launching. Spring is one of the best times of the year at Fish Lake. Rainbow trout are shallow and can be caught trolling outside the weedline. Perch fishing can be fast just outside the weeds in 15 to 25 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. For splake, move out to 30- to 60-foot depths, use larger jigs and jigging spoons, and tip them with perch meat. You can also catch some lake trout while trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet of water. Before you visit the lake, call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date reports and conditions.

(May 5) Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was cancelled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. The ice is completely gone and boats are launching. Spring is one of the best times of the year at Fish Lake. Rainbow trout are shallow and can be caught trolling outside the weedline. Perch fishing can be fast just outside the weeds in 15 to 25 feet. Use small jigs tipped with night crawler or perch meat. For splake, move out to 30 to 60 feet, use larger jigs and jigging spoons, and tip with perch meat. Some lake trout can also be caught trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30-80 feet. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go for up-to-date reports and conditions.

Regulations

Forsyth Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is full. A recent netting survey found abundant splake and tiger trout in phenomenal condition. These fat, healthy fish are active and are providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are having the best success from boats and float tubes, fishing on the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. Fly anglers are having success dragging streamers along the bottom, catching mostly tigers. Spin anglers can catch plenty of both species with Gulp Minnows or swim baits tipped with cut bait. The steep west shoreline gets little pressure and can provide great action from a boat. Shore anglers have found fair fishing with nightcrawlers, jigs and Gulp minnows.

(May 5) The reservoir is full. A recent netting survey found abundant splake and tiger trout in phenomenal condition. These fat, healthy fish are active and are providing good to excellent fishing. Best success is found from boats and float tubes, fishing on the bottom in 10-15 feet. Fly anglers are having success dragging streamers along the bottom, catching mostly tigers. Spin anglers can catch plenty of both species with Gulp Minnows or swim baits tipped with cut bait. The steep west shoreline gets little pressure and can provide great action from a boat. Shore anglers are finding fair success with night crawlers, jigs, and Gulp minnows.

Fremont River

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Flows are a bit faster on the upper Fremont because Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling.

(May 5) Flows are up a little on the upper Fremont as Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling.

Gunlock Reservoir

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

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for open hours. The reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun restocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches long) are now abundant and can provide some fun action.

(May 5) The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit State Parks website for open hours. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and they can provide some fun fishing.

Regulations

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass

(May 18) Gunnison Bend Reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow — tipped with nightcrawler — and one-inch perch pattern swim baits.

(May 5) Largemouth bass and channel catfish are becoming more active with rising water level and temperature.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The water level is very low due to winter releases and poor snowpack, but minimal water will be released through the summer. Hopefully, the reservoir rises or at least maintains its current water level. Fishing is fair to good. A netting survey this week found lots of trout (about 75 percent cutthroat) at 12 to 14 inches, with a handful up to 21 inches. Lots of larger fish are also running up the stream right now to spawn. Unfortunately, it also appears that someone illegally introduced bluegill and green sunfish. The bluegill are unlikely to establish, but we could see a population of green sunfish establish. Hopefully, the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing will be allowed beginning May 19. Remember that the limit allows the harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches — all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released.

(May 5) The water level is very low due to winter releases and poor snow pack. Fishing is fair to good. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Remember that you can harvest two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches. You must release all trout between 15 and 22 inches.

Regulations

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish here. Rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 5) Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish here. Rainbow trout have been stocked.

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 18) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,609 feet Water temperatures: 63–70°F

Striped bass are now actively spawning. Unlike bass, stripers do not build nests on the gravel bottom or protect the young. Male stripers have been ready to spawn since the first of April. Females are now experiencing the spawning trigger which is a rapid water temperature rise. Stripers spawn on the surface which makes a surface disturbance similar to a striper boil, but the event occurs after dark when no one is there to see it. Having witnessed a few of these night time spawning events I can attest that the experience is unforgettable.

My first spawning event occurred on the Warm Creek side of the Castle Rock Cut in 1984. We located a dormant striper school there in the afternoon and returned on a moonless night. When the night sky was fully dark, we cast white bucktail jigs into the spawning cove, which was 30 feet deep and about 50 yards long. Striped bass males are extremely aggressive when spawning. It was not possible to reel in the jig without getting hit or catching a fish. Occasionally a large female was also hooked. We harvested over 150 stripers weighing 3-4 pounds with a few larger females, including the biggest which weighed in at 22 pounds.

Striped bass spawning will continue for the next two weeks over the length of the lake. It is now possible to see visible striper schools during the day in the clear water. We have seen schools at Buoy 25, and along the east wall of Padre Bay, Last Chance and Rock Creek. They tend to move around so I suggest trolling the shoreline at dusk. Mark the spot where a large concentration of fish is found and return there after dark to find the spawners. We recently tried to locate a spawning school before the sun came up by trolling in 12-25 feet with Lucky Craft pointers. When the first fish was caught (4:30 AM MST) we immediately cast randomly around the boat and caught male stripers on every cast until the sky began to lighten up (5 AM). No more fish were caught after light intensity increased at 5:30 AM. These spawning events can be found over the length of the lake.

Bass fishing continues to be the best target for daytime anglers. Smallmouth bass are found over the length of the lake along sloping slick rock shorelines with broken rock habitat. Common holding depth is 3 to 20 feet. They can be caught on green or smoked color plastic jigs, either single or double tail, Senkos, and Ned rigs. It is fun to throw topwater lures at first light and again in the evening. There are still many shorelines that have clear water which makes it necessary to throw very long casts to prevent spooking bass prematurely.

Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill will be near any submerged brush pile. Since that is not common at the current water level, look for shaded areas with rock habitat. Use the same lures as listed for smallmouth bass. When trying for bluegill, downsize the bait and add a piece of night crawler to increase the catch.

Walleye are now at their feeding peak for the year. They will be caught more often now, in the next two weeks, than over the rest of the summer. Walleye congregate in shallow, murky coves following a wind event or a tour boat wake in the main channel. They can be caught now by trolling across a main channel point with a diving lure that hits bottom at about 12 feet. It is wise to troll a floating lure as quagga mussels may cut the line as the lure hits bottom. If it is a floater, you can double back and find it on the surface and use it again. Slowly dragging a single tail grub with a night crawler attached along the bottom can be very effective. Using a bottom-bouncing rig with a night crawler harness, slow trolled along a level bottom works as well. Walleye are one of the best fish to eat fish found in Lake Powell. Keep walleye and stripers to help balance the population. There is no limit on these species so keep all you can catch or give away.

(May 11) Lake elevation: 3,609 feet Water temperatures: 63–70°F

Lake Powell has stabilized with just a bit more water flowing in than going out. Without a large muddy inflow, the crystal clear water remains in more than half of the lake. In the main channel (and halfway back in most canyons), the visibility is close to 25 feet. There is a mudline in the main channel right at Castle Butte (Red Canyon – Buoy 124). Some side canyons have clear water despite the milk chocolate color in the main channel. Clear water is unusual in May and is caused by a combination of factors. Quagga mussels are the biggest culprit because they constantly siphon and filter lake water on a regular basis. Lower than normal spring water temperatures slowed down plankton production. Lack of rapidly rising water has prevented sand bank sloughing that muddies the water each spring. For now, the water is clear, except in the backs of some canyons.

This week, expect to find many different species of cooperative fish. Many anglers are reporting catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, walleye, stripers and catfish on a single trip. This is the Lake Powell Grand Slam! The best technique is to use a single-tail plastic grub on a leadhead jig. Adding a piece of live worm or a gulp minnow for scent seems to entice more walleye and sunfish to participate in your fishing excursion.

The best place to fish is halfway back in the side canyons, where the water color changes from clear to slightly stained. Look for large boulders or rocky coves with lots of habitat in about 25 feet of water. It seems that there are more active fish grouped up in certain hotspots in each canyon than you'll find in the back of the canyon or at the mouth. Catch the first fish and then concentrate on that spot to find more.

Smallmouth bass are the fish species most caught this week. Again, try a variety of habitats in your chosen location. Once you catch a smallmouth, focus on that area to catch many more. Reports this week indicated that slick rock outcroppings held more fish than isolated rock slides in the channel. After the spawn is over, bass will move to the rock slides, but during spawning season, look for shallow areas where nest building is detected. Toss topwater lures early in the morning for exciting results.

Largemouth bass follow the same pattern, but they like to be near a tree or submerged bush. If they can’t find that, bass will use a rock for protective cover. We found a three-pound largemouth guarding a nest under an overhanging rock. We could see his snout peeking out from under the rock and dropped numerous jigs to the spot. Mister Bass swept away the grub numerous times before finally picking it up and then joining us in the boat. We admired him for a moment and then put him back to protect the kids.

Stripers are still in prespawn mode, which means they're active at night and early morning. They are harder to find during the day. Bait fishing is not as successful as you'd normally find in May because the majority of striped bass are in spawning condition. This means they are less likely to be in the normal main channel fishing spots. These fish eat plankton and wait for the spawning trigger, which is getting closer now with the hot weather experienced this week. You can catch stripers while trolling in stained water over the length of the lake. For the most success, use medium- to deep-running lures that get down to depths of about 15 feet.

We have a new fish entering the picture in big numbers this year. Bluegill are bigger and much more numerous than ever before. Large schools have been reported this week hanging out behind the floating restroom in Good Hope Bay. They can be caught using a small hook with a piece of worm. We were able to see bluegill schools in clear water and enjoyed watching them interact with our small jigs and worms. The big males with the bright orange chest are impressive to catch.

You can catch walleye while bottom bouncing or dragging a plastic jig with an attached nightcrawler along the bottom in 20 to 40 feet of water. The next three weeks will be the best time to fish for and catch a walleye over the length of the lake. Fifty walleye were caught using these angling techniques and then tagged in Good Hope Bay this week as part of a migration study to learn more about fish movement in the upper lake.

The lake water is clear, but anglers are still catching a wide variety of fish in good numbers. The secret is to find one of the thousands of locations where the schools reside and then to fish that spot on a regular basis.

(May 4) Lake elevation: 3,609 feet Water temperatures: 59–64°F

It's typically springtime weather. There are some warm days followed by cool and windy conditions. The water temperature reaches the mid-60s, but then drops back into the high-50s when the wind blows. Inflow and outflow at Lake Powell are getting closer, but there is still more water flowing out than coming in. Water in the southern lake is still amazingly clear. Conditions in May are generally warmer, calmer and more conducive to catching a wide variety of fish species. Here is what to expect.

Striped bass are spread between the main channel and the main canyons. Fish in spawning condition will be in the big bays and main canyons, and will be most active at night. Look for them in the shade of the tall canyon walls at first light in the morning. They will eat plankton close to the surface, but their main purpose is to wait for the rapid warming spawning trigger. That trigger is when the surface water temperature increases almost 10 degrees in one day. The best fishing method for striped bass is trolling and graphing until a school or a few individuals are seen. Catch a fish by trolling and then watch the graph to see fish below your boat which you can catch on spoons.

The other striped bass contingent is in the main channel looking for food. You can catch these fish using bait at depths of 30 to 50 feet. Schools are widespread over the length of the channel from the dam to Dangling Rope and beyond. The best spots change on a daily basis as the schools rove up and down the channel. Keep moving along the channel walls until you find a feeding school.

Large and smallmouth bass are actively spawning now. You can see their shallow, guarded nests in crystal clear water at depths from three to 10 feet. Sight fishing is excellent because male bass moved back to their nests after the wind cooled the water and caused the nests to be abandoned. Bass fishing will be excellent throughout the month of May.

Crappie are spawning, but — without much brush — they are more likely to use rocky structure and murky water as spawning habitat. Male crappie make a nest on the bottom and behave much like male bass as they guard the nest until the fry hatch and swim away.

Walleye are most active and catchable during May. They are usually nocturnal, but this month you can catch them day and night. Low light is the best time to fish. They congregate at dusk and dawn under the mud lines caused by wind or waves. With the high water clarity right now, fishing at deeper depths (30 feet or more) may help you catch more walleye in the southern lake. In the northern lake, find murky water leading toward the mudline and you will find walleye holding there. Try trolling close to a steep cliff wall, particularly if there is a submerged ledge where walleye can hang out in their preferred habitat. Walleye like to park on a ridge or ledge where they wait for food to swim by. Dragging a bottom bouncer and worm harness is often effective on humps, ledges and flat bottoms. Casting a double or single tail plastic bass jig and then maintaining bottom contact is also effective. It works even better if a piece of live worm is attached to the hook. The most productive depth to catch walleye is 15 to 35 feet.

Bluegill and green sunfish increase their feeding behavior as water warms to 65°F. It only takes a few more degrees until spawning will occur. The bluegill activity level is now increasing. Fish size has also increased recently and anglers have catch many larger bluegill. Larger bluegill feeding voraciously makes a whole new sport fishery possible in Lake Powell. You can catch big fish in large schools in 12 to 25 feet of 64°F water. Look for a submerged bush near shore or a large rock pocket to find a school of bluegill.

Catfish are getting more active and will spawn in late May.

(Apr 27) Lake elevation: 3,610 feet Water temperatures: 58–64°F

The water level is still declining. About 16,000 acre feet of water flow into the lake while 24,000 acre feet flow out. The water temperature is climbing and the early morning temperature now at 59°F. Hopefully the warming air temperature will allow the runoff to increase and allow the lake to rise. The water is still crystal clear in the southern lake. You can see the bottom in 30 feet of water in some locations.

These warming conditions have ushered in the expected behavioral change in the adult striped bass that are waiting to spawn. Each spring, adult stripers migrate back to where they were spawned (similar to salmon running upstream to their nursery location). Stripers spawn at night, so they are not that easy to find during the day. Stripers spawn on the surface, so there are no nests to mark the location of the spawning. The evidence is that large schools of stripers swim during the early morning on the surface as they wait for the 10 degree temperature spike that allows spawning to occur. That trigger is an early morning water temperature of 62–64°F, which increases to 74 or above in the afternoon. While waiting for the temperature increase, the striper schools pass the early morning hours by swimming aimlessly near the surface, feeding on tiny microscopic plankton. When the morning sun hits the water, the school drops down to 40 feet or deeper and waits for that spawning trigger. Usually spawning occurs between May 10 and June 10.

Over the years, we have found some of those spawning locations. Some pre-spawn holding locations are marked by high canyon walls on the east side of the lake that offer extended shady periods. The sun is rising at about 6:30 a.m. MDT. The eastern sky begins to lighten 30 to 45 minutes earlier, and the events described above occur between 5:45 and 8 a.m. or when the sunlight hits the water in different locations.

As we checked out a spawning location in Padre Bay yesterday, my heart skipped a beat as I saw a school of stripers slurping plankton on the surface. We deployed a number of fishing techniques to see what would be most effective. We trolled over the school with small crankbaits trailed way behind the boat. The school sounded and then returned to the surface about the time our lures were in range and we caught a few three-pound stripers. We fast trolled Clouser Minnow flies just under the surface and caught a few fish. We stopped in casting range of the feeding school and cast jigs, small crankbaits and flies and caught a few fish. When the school left the surface, we dropped spoons down to the fish where we could see them on the graph — at about 40 to 80 feet — and caught a few fish. It was intense, breathtaking and very satisfying to be back interacting with spawning stripers again. The sun hit the water way too soon and the morning action was over. We checked a few more spots by trolling in the backs of canyons at a water depth of 25 feet in murky water. We ended up with 34 stripers total at the fish cleaning station.

Those fishing bait in the main channel came in about the same time and most had 10 to 20 stripers from the morning trip. Fishing has improved and will continue to be good to great for all of May.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been guarding many nests in the southern lake. Anglers seeking spunky bass were smiling as well. Fish size and health is great right now. Walleye fishing is heating up in the northern lake.

Spring spawning season is here with the daily air temperatures in the 70–80°F range. There will be some afternoon winds, so the best fishing will be in the early morning over the next 10 days.

Regulations

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Access is good. Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.

(May 5) Access is good. Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

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

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is full. Rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny.

(May 5) The reservoir is full. Rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny.

Regulations

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) Fishing has been fair to good lately. Trout are moving away from shorelines so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Surface action on midges has been common on calm evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Look for smallmouth bass to get more active at any time. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. Rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. Results were encouraging despite poor water levels in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers, reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival.

(May 12) Paul Gold & Sherry Powell of Las Vegas fished the western shore and caught 12 rainbows casting and trolling spinners and spoons. "All fish were in the 14 to 18" range. Trout are vibrant and healthy. Conditions were cloudy, cold and windy."

(May 5) Fishing has been fair lately as trout are getting a little picky, with a lot of short strikes. Wipers are getting more active, with best fishing at dawn and dusk. Look for smallmouth bass to get more active in the next few weeks. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. Rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. Results were encouraging despite poor water level in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers, reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival.

Regulations

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Fishing for splake is slow to fair. Splake are very healthy and aren't feeding regularly, but some nice fish can be caught if you can entice them to hit. Focus on the dike and steeper shorelines. Cut bait, jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait are the best tackle for splake. Rainbow trout that made it through the winter are fairly aggressive and will hit small lures. More rainbows will be stocked soon.

(May 5) Ice is off and access is good. Fishing for splake is slow to fair. Splake are very healthy and aren't feeding regularly, but some nice fish can be caught if you can entice them to hit. Storms seem to make them less active. Focus on the dike and steeper shorelines. Cut bait, and jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait are the best tackle for splake. Rainbow trout that made it through the winter are fairly aggressive and will hit small lures.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Fishing for trout has been picking up from boats trolling and casting lures. Anglers are also catching a few smallmouth and wipers. Fishing is slower from shore. We conducted a fish population survey recently and found great results for rainbow trout. Rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and are now about 10 to 12 inches long. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches long. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well, despite low water levels in recent years.

(May 5) Fishing for trout has been picking up from boats trolling and casting lures. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up. Slower fishing from shore. We conducted a fish population survey recently and found great results for rainbow trout. Rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and have grown up to 10 to 12 inches. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well, despite low water levels in recent years.

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Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 18) The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Look for trout to be moving away from shorelines with the warming water temperatures. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. Fishing is fair to good. Our annual netting survey yielded standard results — lots of fat, healthy rainbows, with two primary size classes at 10–12 inches and 16–19 inches. Some fish that weighed more than five pounds have also been caught lately.

(May 5) The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Fishing is fair to good from both shore and boat, with bait and lures. Look for trout to start moving out to deeper water as the temperatures climb in May. Our annual netting survey yielded standard results – lots of fat, healthy rainbows, with two primary sizes classes at 10-12 inches and 16-19 inches. Some larger fish over five pounds have also been caught lately.

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Panguitch Lake

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

(May 18) Fishing has been fair to good from the shore and from boats, but boat fishing will soon be better as the trout move to deeper water for the summer. Our annual netting surveys found plenty of healthy trout. More large rainbows are available this year, possibly due to low ice-fishing pressure during the winter.

(May 5) The water has cleared up lately. Fishing is has been fair to good from shore and boat. Our annual netting surveys found plenty of healthy trout. More large rainbows are available this year, possibly due to low ice fishing pressure during the winter.

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Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) DWR recently conducted a netting survey to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding, following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been substantially reduced, although a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and are now 10–11 inches long. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing this year for tiger trout, with an occasional rainbow in the mix

(May 5) We conducted a netting survey recently to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and have grown to 10-11 inches. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing this year for tiger trout, with the occasional rainbow mixed in.

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Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The water is very clear, and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. Rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 5) The water is very clear and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. Rainbow trout were stocked this week.

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 18) Bass are getting more active and moving up into the shallows to spawn.

(May 5) Bass are getting more active, moving up into the shallows to spawn. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques.

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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 18) Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crankbaits and ned rigs. They are catching bass from boats and from the shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid pleasure boat traffic.

(May 5) Water temperature is now reaching the low to mid 60s and bass are on the move. Nest building is widespread in the shallows and you can find fish from depths of 5 to 30 feet. Storms will often halt the shallow water action and push the fish back deep for a couple of days. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits, and ned rigs. Bass are being caught from both boats and shore. Watch the weather forecast and adjust your technique accordingly. Pleasure boat traffic will continue to increase over the next few weeks.

(Apr 27) Brandon Bezzant of Bluffdale caught 8 largemouth using Spooks and Texas rigs and wacky rig with Senkos. "Top water action is awesome from 6:00 am until 8:am caught all fish in the shallows"

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Thousand Lakes Mountain

Trout

(May 18) Access is good to the Solomon Basin lakes. Anglers report fair to good fishing at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. There haven't been any recent reports on access to the south-end lakes, but they may very well be accessible.

(May 5) Access is good to Solomon Basin lakes and the ice is gone. Fair to good fishing reported at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. Lakes on the south end are still not accessible.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

(May 5) Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing. Largemouth bass are also becoming more active. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn this spring.

(May 5) The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing. Largemouth bass are also getting more active. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn this spring.

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 11) Willow Lake is now accessible, but roads may be muddy. Use caution.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) The reservoir is full and pretty murky due to runoff from the fire area. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost during the fire (and subsequent runoff), and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Fishing is fair to good.

(May 5) The reservoir is full and pretty murky due to runoff from the fire area. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost to fire effects and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Fishing is fair to good.

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