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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.

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

Blacksmith Fork River

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(Apr 27) We have not received any recent reports from anglers on the Blacksmith Fork, but fishing has recently been slow to fair. Nymphing seems to be working the best.

(Apr 23) Last week the river was a little high and off-color. Fishing has been slow to fair for brown trout. Nymphing seems to be working the best. One angler who caught a few small brown trout a couple weeks ago had the most success with a hare's ear.

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

Chalk Creek

Cutthroat 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.

Clinton City Park Pond

Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Corn Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Currant Creek

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Duck Fork Reservoir

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Regulations

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

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(May 11) Electric Lake is accessible and still capped with ice, but ice thickness varies and it is too unstable for ice fishing.

Fish Creek (lower)

Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're trying to catch chubs.

(May 4) Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you're looking to catch chubs.

(Apr 23) Try using panther martin spinners or green soft hackle flies for catching trout and chubs from the upper end of Lower Fish Creek.

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

Green River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Cutthroat Trout, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout

STOP NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

(May 18) Water flows are fluctuating between 1,600 to 3,700 cfs. The timing of the spring high flow release is highly variable, but predicted to start around May 27 and last 14 days. The river has been unseasonably busy. Expect fewer anglers early and late in the day, on weekdays and in upper A-section (Spillway) or lower B-section (Brown's Park). Dry fly fishing is fair. Blue-winged olive hatches are best from 1 to 4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Although the hatches may be good, fish may still feed sub-surface. Nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midge and baetis patterns. Spin fishing is good, especially when the flows are high (after 10 a.m.). Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and medium sized silver spoons and spinners have also been working well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

(May 5) Water flows are fluctuating between 1,100 to 2,801 cfs. They can change daily, so check current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The timing of the spring high flow release is highly variable, but predicted to start around May 27 and last 14 days. The river has been unseasonably busy. Expect fewer anglers early and late in the day, on weekdays, and in upper A-section (Spillway) or lower B-section (Brown's Park). Dry fly fishing has been fair. Blue-winged olive hatches have been best from 1 to 4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Although the hatches may be good, fish may still feed sub-surface. Nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midge and baetis patterns. Spin fishing is good, especially when the flows are high (after 10 a.m.). Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and medium-sized silver spoons and spinners have also been working well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

Regulations

Huntington Creek

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 11) Fishing has been slow on Huntington Creek below Electric Lake.

(Apr 23) Most of Huntington Creek has open water. Try using nymph or soft hackle flies for catching brown trout here.

Regulations

Huntington Reservoir

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

(May 11) The snow on Huntington Reservoir is melting, and the ice underneath is likely too unstable for ice fishing.

(May 4) The snow on Huntington Reservoir is melting and the ice underneath will soon be too unstable for ice fishing. Use extra caution when venturing out here. Try using tube jigs or plain jig heads tipped with worms to catch tiger trout here.

(Apr 23) Huntington Reservoir will soon have unstable ice, if not already. Use extra caution before venturing out here. Try using tube jigs or plain jig heads tipped with worms to catch tiger trout here.

Regulations

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 18) Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows. Try trolling at 1.8 to 2.0 miles per hour with the lure 85 to 100 feet behind. Anglers report that longer lines are producing the best results when trolling. Try using chartreuse spoons or D&H Custom Lures Galaxy Dodgers and Triple Threat Squids. Remember to scent your lure with Smelly Jelly and tip it with a small piece of nightcrawler or a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. Anglers have caught one or two kokanee in the inlet arm, suspended in about 30 feet of water. Shore anglers have reported success using PowerBait or nightcrawlers tipped with Atlas Mike's salmon eggs.

(May 3) Try trolling at 1.72.0 mph with your lure trailing 60 to 75 feet behind the boat and suspended in about 10 to 20 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen popgear, Yakima Flatfish or Mack's Lures Wedding Rings. Remember to scent with Pro-Cure Shrimp Super Gel and tip with a nightcrawler that has about a half-inch of tail trailing. For shore anglers, try using a bubble and about two to three feet of leader with a renegade nymph fly or a Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinner

Regulations

LaSal Mountains

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Grayling, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

No recent reports.

Logan River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 5) The river was stocked with nearly 1,000 planter-sized rainbow trout on April 27. Fishing has been fair in several areas along Logan Canyon. Anglers are using anything from a simple nightcrawler setup to flies such as a blue wing olive or zebra midges. The Logan River has special regulations and closures. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. Remember that you can't fish upstream from the Red Banks Campground highway bridge, including all tributaries, until July 14. The lower reaches of the Logan, such as the dams, are still open.

(Apr 27) Fishing has been fair in several areas along Logan Canyon, where anglers are using anything from a simple nightcrawler setup to various flies such as a blue wing olive and zebra midges. One angler this week reported pulling in a decent-sized brown trout.

(Apr 23) Fishing has been fair to good in several areas along Logan Canyon, where anglers are using anything from a simple nightcrawler setup to various flies such as a blue wing olive and zebra midges. The water has been cloudy after rain, so use brightly colored streamers or big nymphs in that case. A dry dropper combination can still work well in the clear water days. Adjust the dropper depth to be close to the bottom.

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

Ogden River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

(May 5) The river was stocked with approximately 2,700 planter-sized rainbow trout on May 1. Fishing is still fair. Anglers aren't catching many large fish, but are enjoying catching the smaller trout. One angler recommended fishing the river where it runs through the canyon. Try using any methods that work in the other northern Utah rivers, like the Weber.

(Apr 27) We continue to receive the occasional report suggesting fair fishing for small brown trout on the Ogden River. Reporting anglers opted not to share what they were using, but methods used to fish other rivers in northern Utah could potentially work here as well.

(Apr 23) Anglers have been occasionally reporting fair to good fishing for brown trout. The trout caught haven't been very large, but they can be fun to catch.

Regulations

Price River

Rainbow Trout

No recent reports.

Regulations

Provo River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

(May 18) Lower: Fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings. Watch out for midge, blue-winged olive (BWO) and Skwala hatches. Try using sow bugs, Skwala dry flies, BWO emergers and midges. You may have some success with streamers in warmer temperatures.

Middle: The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. Fishing has been best midmorning. Midge and blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are occurring regularly, and Skwala hatches are increasing. Try using cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, hares ears, BWO Barr's emergers, streamers, Skwala stonefly dry flies and nymphs, and a variety of midge larvae and pupae.

(May 3) Fishing has been best from midmorning through the afternoon, and higher flows have pushed fish to the river edges. There is a lot of surface activity on sunny afternoons. Midge hatches will continue throughout April, and blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are underway (and intense at times). There have been reports of some Skwala stonefly hatches throughout the Middle Provo River. Try using cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, hares ears, BWO Barr's Emergers, streamers, Skwala stonefly dry flies and nymphs, and a variety of midge larvae and pupae.

Regulations

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 11) Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft-hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout on April 18.

(May 4) Anglers are catching trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait and spinners especially along the western shore and the dam cove. Anglers have also had luck catching lots of cutthroat trout after 10 a.m. using soft hackle flies in green, midnight fire and black and copper. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 8-inch cutthroat trout on April 18.

(Apr 23) Scofield Reservoir is completely thawed. Anglers are primarily catching trout from the dam cove.

Regulations

Strawberry Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 12- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 22-inch cutthroats and 14- to 18-inch kokanee salmon. For trout, anglers have reported success using PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with salmon eggs. For kokanee, anglers have reported success trolling at 1.7 to 2.0 miles per hour, with the lure suspended in 15 to 30 feet of water. Try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle gold with silver dodger, hyperplaid Dakota dodger, or silver Tiger Sun Jelly dodger and Slammin' Salmon squids. Scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit or Kokanee Special Super Gel.

(May 3) The reservoir is completely ice free, and fishing has been fast and furious. Anglers are catching 12- to 17-inch rainbows, 18- to 22-inch cutthroats and some kokanee salmon. For trout, a little bit of everything has been working. Boat anglers have had success trolling at 1.72.0 mph with the lure suspended in about 10 to 15 feet of water. Try using Luhr-Jensen popgear, Mack's Lures Wedding Rings, Yakima Flatfish or Rapala Scatter Rap Tail Dancer. Shore anglers have reported success using garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. For those targeting kokanee, troll at 1.7 mph with your lure suspended in about 10 to 15 feet of water from sunrise to about noon, and in about 30 to 38 feet of water from noon to dusk. For kokanee, try using Christenson's Lakeshore Tackle Slammin' Salmon squids and moon jelly dodgers, and scent your lure with Pro-Cure Carp Spit Super Gel.

Regulations

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.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(May 18) Anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows near the dam. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners and spoons with smaller hooks.

(May 3) Anglers have been catching rainbows. Try using PowerBait or a bubble with three feet of leader and a parachute Adam's fly.

Regulations

Uinta Lakes

Albino Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(May 5) We haven't received any recent reports on lake conditions in the Uinta Mountains. If the Uinta lakes are still frozen, use caution when accessing the ice. From the north slope of the Uintas, Highway 150 is passable beyond the Whitney turnoff. Runoff has begun in several rivers and streams in the Uintas. The East Fork of the Bear River, Stillwater Fork and Mill Creek are high and off-color. The Bear River is getting high, but wasn't off-color near the ranger station. As of April 29, the Hayden Fork and North Fork Mill Creek didn't have runoff conditions yet.

(Apr 27) On the north slope of the Uintas, you can drive all the way up to the Bear River Ranger Station without encountering snow drifts. For those looking to fish the gorgeous Uinta rivers, the Bear River is looking great and doesn't appear to have any runoff yet. Same goes for the East Fork of the Bear River. In addition, Mill Creek where it goes under Highway 150 had some very good flows, according to one angler. We have not received any recent reports on lake conditions in the Uinta Mountains. If the Uinta lakes are still frozen, use caution when accessing the ice.

(Apr 23) On the north slope of the Uintas, you can drive all the way up to the Bear River Ranger Station without encountering snowdrifts. For those looking to fish the gorgeous Uinta rivers, the Bear River is looking great and doesn't appear to have any runoff yet. Same goes for the East Fork of the Bear River. In addition, Mill Creek where it goes under Highway 150 had some very good flows, according to one angler. Although we haven't received any recent reports on ice conditions at the Uinta lakes, these waters often stay frozen well into the spring. Use caution if accessing the ice.

Regulations

Weber River

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish

STOP WHIRLING DISEASE

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(May 5) Fishing for brown trout is fair to good. One angler caught a large brown trout, although the typical fish caught has been much smaller in most reports we've received recently. One angler last week caught several brown trout in the canyon using sowbug, caddis and pheasant-tail patterns. Most of the trout were small, fat and put up a fun fight.

(Apr 27) The river is a little low. Fishing for brown trout on the Weber River was fair to good this week, according to angler reports. One angler caught several brown trout in the canyon using sowbug, caddis, and pheasant tail patterns. Most of the trout they caught were small, fat and put up a fun fight, according to this angler. This angler also observed that the bite slowly picked up as the morning went on.

(Apr 23) Fishing on the Weber was slow to fair this week, according to the reports we received. One angler who fished the Weber using spinners got four hits, and two of those were strong enough to set the hook. They missed both hits. Another angler who was using plastic lures caught five decent-sized brown trout. One angler who tried to throw a Rapala got no bites at all.

Regulations

Willow Lake

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

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









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