Utah Walleye Fishing Reports
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Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Cutthroat Trout, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Yellow Perch
No recent reports.
Deer Creek Reservoir
Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch
(Jul 14) Anglers have been catching rainbows, bass and walleye. For bass, try using craw orange swirl Lost Creek 3-inch Craws, Strike King KVD jerkbaits, Rippin' Lips spinnerbaits or Yo-Zuri 3DB poppers. As bass move into deeper water, try using the dropshot method. You can use most plastics with the dropshot method. Just remember to vary the distance between the lure and dropshot, depending on where the fish are suspended. Popular rigs include whacky, nose or Texas rigs. Recommended hooks for dropshotting include Gamakatsu Offset Shank Worm EWGs or Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gaps, and recommended weights include Bullet Weights Tungsten weights, Bullet Weights Drop Shot Finesse Drop weights or Souders Brass and Glass weights. For trout, try using silver popgear or chartreuse or pink Mack's Lure Wedding Rings. Trolling for rainbows has been great along the northwest shoreline and near the island. Shore anglers have reported success fishing for rainbows using traditional methods, but also while jigging curly tail grubs and tube jigs tipped with a worm.
(Jun 29) Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows and smallmouth bass. They're also catching 18- to 20-inch walleye. If you're targeting smallmouth bass, try using a variety of techniques. When fishing plastics try using 4-inch green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto Senkos, green pumpkin, Dry Creek 3.5-inch Skirt Chasers or chartreuse shad Berkley Gulp! minnows. When fishing crankbaits and jerkbaits, try using a Lucky Craft Ghost Minnow Pointer 65SP, Yo-Zuri 3DB Vibes or a Storm Wiggle Wart. Remember when fishing crankbaits or jerkbaits, you want to fish them with a fast retrieve to illicit a fast attack — you should also try to cover more territory. When fishing top water baits try using Strike King KVD spinnerbaits, BOOYAH Buzz buzzbaits and Whopper Plopper Larry Dahlberg Signature Series poppers, and fish these baits using a popping, walking or splashing technique. When fishing swimbaits try using green pumpkin Lost Creek 3.5-inch LC Swimmers or 4-inch Keitech Easy Shiners, and fish these baits using a popping, ripping, splashing or steady retrieval technique.
(Jun 22) Anglers have been catching decent-sized rainbows and smallmouth bass. For rainbows, try fishing in about 10 to 15 feet feet of water and use Garlic Rainbow PowerBait or a nightcrawler. For smallmouth bass, try using Rapala DT 4–10, Bomber 6A or Yellow Perch Rapala Rippin' Rap.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye
(Jul 14) One angler who was fishing from shore caught a few small rainbow trout. Fishing for bluegill has been decent at this reservoir.
(Jun 30) Bass fishing at Holmes has been decent, according to one angler.
(Jun 22) Some anglers report no bites at all, while others have been very successful. One angler reports that fishing was good in the middle of the day.
Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass
No recent reports.
Bluegill, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
STOP QUAGGAG MUSCLE
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Jul 20) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,635 feet
Water temperatures: 80–83°F
Striper slurps and boils are now available lakewide. Here is a rundown on what to expect.
Northern lake. Launching access is decent at Hite. There are a couple of options for launching, including the primitive ramp and below the cement ramp. The water surface from Hite down to Good Hope is relatively clear of debris. There is some, though, so be careful. Launching at Hite makes for safer travel than coming uplake from Bullfrog, where there is more floating debris in isolated spots in the channel.
The best, most consistent striper surface activity is found from Castle Butte to Trachyte/White Canyon. Slurps start at first light and continue for most of the day and into the evening. From Hite to the Horn, there are lots of really quick slurps that come up and go down often. The best spot is between Scorup and Castle Butte. Here the slurps and boils are larger and last longer. You'll see enough that it is possible to just stay in a central location and cast lures to many different slurps. When the fish go down, continue to cast to the spot where they were last seen and you will continue to catch random fish. Surface lures and small plastic grubs on jig heads are your best options.
Bullfrog/Halls. Boils and slurps were most consistent this week near the mouth of Moki Canyon, but they were seen from Forgotten to Lake Canyon. Anglers caught stripers on top-water lures and chartreuse grubs. Those fish from the backs of canyons were thin compared to those from the main channel or at the mouths of the canyons. The stripers caught ranged from 16 to 24 inches.
Southern Lake. Boils and slurps stretched from Padre Bay to the mouth of Rock Creek. Stripers came up quickly and went down in a hurry. Usually, you had time to make a cast or two once you saw a school come up and moved your boat close to the spot. You could only catch stripers when their heads were visibly breaking water. As they started down again, they were very hard to catch. They came up three to five times in five or ten minutes and often moved hundreds of yards in the process. Placing a surface lure in front of the lead fish was the most consistent way to produce. Lures that landed in the middle or behind the slurp were ignored.
Shad in the striper stomachs were double the size (one inch) of those reported two weeks ago. As shad continue to grow, boils will get longer, stripers more aggressive and anglers will catch a lot more fish. This is the beginning of Boil Season. The most exciting fresh water fishing will continue into September this year.
Bass were occasionally found feeding with stripers on the surface. More often, largemouth bass were in the brush line near shore. You could sometimes see them blowing up on the surface and could catch them on topwater lures or a spinner bait.
Smallmouth bass are showing up more often on rock structure now that the lake has stabilized. Look for isolated rock slides or rocky islands to target smallmouth. As the lake level continues to stabilize or begins to decline, bass habitat will be more obvious. Bass have been harder to find than normal, but that will change with consistent lake levels.
Stabilized lake levels will make it easier to catch bluegill along the brushy shorelines as well.
Fishing is improving as the summer moves on.
(Jul 13) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,635 feet
Water temperatures: 79–85°F
Lake Powell has stabilized. There is plenty of brush along the shoreline, so hopefully the lake's water level will continue to cover that brush for the rest of July before it begins to decline.
Good news! I received the first report of a boil today near Antelope Point Marina. Stripers were eating shad larger than the tiny shad found over the last month. Stripers were scattered, but willing to hit a topwater lure occasionally. It is not really time to come fish for boils, but that time is getting closer. Surface activity should pick up lakewide by the end of July and continue through the month of August — and maybe longer.
We had to collect 60 stripers today to do a disease certification and confirm that Lake Powell fish are healthy and strong. If I had known the stripers were boiling near Antelope Point, I would have gone there for my fish collection. Early this morning, I only knew that bait fishing was still good along the canyon walls. We took three boats and headed for Warm Creek Wall. We chummed along the wall and began to catch fish steadily for the next three hours. The school would come up for chum and then descend to the depths. When near the surface, we caught fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. When the action died down, we dropped our baits further down to 40 to 60 feet to find the school and drag it back towards the top. Catching slowed down at 9 a.m. so we counted the fish and confirmed that we had our 60. Later at the fish cleaning station, we counted 80 stripers from the efforts of 10 anglers in three different boats. Those fishing Lake Powell for the first time were in awe of the amount of fish that you can catch on this incredible fishing lake.
Bait fishing success will continue to excel this summer as many fish remain trapped in the deeper water by warm temperatures on the surface. The younger stripers will continue to feed on the top and gain weight dramatically as the boil season progresses.
Bass fishing is now getting more predictable as the lake level has stabilized. That allows bass to find a spot they like and hold there until the lake's water level begins to go down. Smallmouth bass are often found on a slick rock walls near the flooded brush line. By next week, that preferred habitat type should become obvious and I will report it.
Walleye fishing is slowing but anglers are still catching some in the mid- to upper-lake. Now that shad are larger and more abundant, expect walleye to feed each morning and evening. They prefer to hold on a flat near a steep cliff wall, in the brushy weeds along a long sandy beach or a point that has been covered with water. Bottom bouncing, or fishing a bass grub with worm attached, is still very effective.
It is summer and still hot! Lake Powell, however, is amazing considering the amount of fish that you can catch in these challenging conditions. Go fishing early. Then enjoy boating, skiing, sightseeing or whatever peaks your interest. Then, as the sun starts to set, go out for another fishing adventure. It is definitely worth it.
(Jul 7) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,635 feet
Water temperatures: 77–84°F
Lake Powell fish are in awe at the brushy cover along the shoreline. Virtually any place that is not a sheer cliff is now a brushy haven for all of Lake Powell's fish.
Shad are enjoying cover the most. Normally this time of year, defenseless shad are easy targets for stripers and other fish. Now shad can go hide in the brush, which is making it much tougher for predators to get an easy meal. I am happy as well, because this gives me hope that shad will grow to a larger size and in larger numbers. If they do, this will lead to big striper boils in late July and August. This will be a story for a future report. Right now, shad are happy in brushy cover and game fish are trying to figure out what is going on!
Stripers were thrilled to have slow moving tiny shad in open water where they could get an easy meal any time of the day. Now shad are able to swim and have hightailed it to the brush line. Two weeks ago, surface feeding was easy to see. It is now missing in action in the southern lake. Striper slurps continue in the northern lake, where shad numbers are higher and muddy water slowed the progression of shad movement to brush.
The warm surface water and lack of open-water shad have made bait fishing in deep water the most effective fishing technique for stripers. Adult stripers are hungry and trapped, waiting for food, at the 30 foot depth. You can find a hungry, waiting school of stripers anywhere on the lake on the main channel and main canyon walls. Chumming and bait fishing may be the best way to approach these waiting fish. Another option is to troll deep-diving lures along slick rock points and steep walls. Trolling is a good way to find a school of fish. Once you find a school, bait may work better but it really depends on which angling technique is preferred by that species.
Smallmouth bass prefer rocky structure, but are not afraid of brush. They have followed shad into the underwater jungle and you'll find them searching through the limbs and branches for a shad or sunfish. Fishing along brushy main points with small topwater lures, swim baits, D-Shad or weedless plastic baits has been very effective. Watch for shad schools to pop up in the brush line and then toss a surface lure near the shad school to target any game fish also eyeing that school.
Largemouth bass will be right there rubbing shoulders with smallmouth bass. Largemouth tend to prefer brush thickets in shallow water. They live in the same brushy area as sunfish. Bass are good neighbors most of the time, but occasionally eat one of the sunfish when the time is right. With a full stomach, largemouth return to being model citizens and continue to live in the brush pocket.
Walleye really like brush. They are an ambush feeder, so they move to a submerged tree top and wait for the right fish to swim by. Walleye are happy to eat shad, sunfish, bass or any other fish that enters their treetop target zone. One great technique for catching walleye in brushy water is to troll or cast a shad-imitating lure just over the treetops where walleye are holding. We caught a walleye on a surface lure last week in a tree top found in murky water. More commonly, a lure trolled just over the tops of a band of submerged trees is the best technique. Find trees that are at a common depth, then use a lure that runs about a foot above the brush for best results.
Catfish are really big and fun to catch this year. Sunfish are in the trees and like to eat worms on a small hook with a bobber attached.
For Lake Powell, fishing in the brush is unusual and may be challenging for those of us used to snag-free, open water. The rewards are great when you discover a new successful presentation. Lake Powell has lots of fish to catch. Sometimes trying new challenging techniques, like fishing in shallow brush, can be very rewarding.
(Jun 29) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,634 feet
Water temperatures: 77–84°F
My weekly striper slurp evaluation trip yesterday was quite interesting. We started earlier than usual (first light) and I attributed the lack of slurpers at my first stop at the mouth of Labyrinth to timing. Maybe we were too early? Then at the east wall in Padre Bay the lack of slurpers was disconcerting because the timing was right. Next, at the most dependable location at the mouth of Last Chance, I found more disappointment but no surface schools.
The mystery was finally solved when we found slurping stripers close to the brushy shoreline between Dove Canyon and Dungeon Canyon. Here is what I think is happening in the southern lake:
The slurping stripers we caught and then examined at the fish cleaning station contained the same tiny shad that I've noted for the last month. While fishing in the brush, I saw schools of larger shad (1- to 1.5-inch) using the brush as a defense against attacking stripers and smallmouth bass. Slurping stripers are still looking for the open-water, newly hatched shad — which are fewer every day. Hungry predators quickly consume baby shad, but a few grow larger by fleeing into the brush cover. Either way, they are less available to slurping stripers waiting in open water.
Slurps will continue to a lesser degree until shad grow larger and are forced to move out of the brush into open water in search of more plankton to eat. The next progression is striper boils, which have begun in mid-July over the past few years. Expect slurps to occur randomly over the next few weeks. Stripers will blow up on shad whenever they get the chance. There will be more slurps in the mid- to northern lake because more shad there have been protected by poor visibility from the muddy runoff water.
A recent report indicated that slurps are increasing in the main channel from the mouth of Navajo to Antelope Point Marina. A new shad spawn could also lead to more slurps from Padre Bay to Rainbow Bridge. Surface fishing for stripers is just beginning and will get much better over the summer. Bait fishing for adult stripers is still steady in deeper water in the main channel and in the main canyons throughout the lake.
Smallmouth bass have gone deeper. Adult bass are now at 25 feet or deeper. Smaller bass are shallower. Rapidly rising water has displaced many bass. They are following the rising water into the brush in the backs of canyons that are now getting much longer and covering brush that has not been wet for many years. Largemouth bass are following the rising water and residing in brush thickets in three feet of water at the back of canyons and coves.
Walleye are still being caught in good numbers by anglers using bottom bouncing rigs with nightcrawlers or trolling over brushy flats with shallow-running crankbaits. Walleye really like to perch in flooded treetops while waiting for forage fish to swim by. Rattletraps are a good choice now for walleye. We caught a walleye yesterday by slowly fishing a surface lure around flooded trees. That fish now wears tag number 2901.
Summer fishing is a lot of fun. Get out early while it's still cool and fish are active. Look for surface action. Target the brushy shoreline to catch a wide variety of species. Surface lures are very effective during the calm morning and evening hours.
(Jun 22) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,631 feet
Water temperatures: 77–84°F
Stripers are still on top. Surface feeding stripers have been reported from Wahweap Bay to Hite. The slurping schools are still feeding quickly and tend to go up and down often. My reports indicate that they stay up longer and are caught more often from Dangling Rope to the San Juan and Bullfrog Bay to Good Hope Bay. Expect to see them anywhere and anytime. Since they are commonly feeding lakewide, my goal was to find out which lures caught the most fish.
I prefer surface casting, so that I can see the fish hit the top water lure. That way, even if there is no action, I can see the fish and feel the adrenaline spike. I chose the Ima Skimmer because it performed well last week, and it repeated that performance today. It's a long thin lure that casts well.
My next rod had the Lucky Craft lipless vibrator (rattletrap type) tied on because the slurps go up and down quickly. When they are up, just reel it quickly through the splashing fish. If they go down, let the rattletrap sink until it is below the submerged school and then reel it up through the school for a quick hookup.
Stripers are feeding on very small shad, so the best lure to match the hatch is a small white fly. It takes a fly rod to cast a fly or an added weight to get the fly out there on a spinning rod. I tied a small white fly on behind a Kastmaster spoon. This setup was not the best, and I got only a few bumps without a hookup. If using flies, bring the fly rod.
The best lure of the day was a Yamamoto D Shad (white color 364) on a 5/0 Owner hook with a 3/32-ounce belly weight and a twist lock attachment. I caught the most slurping stripers with this big lure. It worked well swimming through the striper school or dropping down a bit when the school went down.
All of the lures worked, but the most important factor was casting to the right spot. These fast-moving fish feed in an erratic pattern. They start in one direction, only to change course, go down and come up in a new direction. It is critical to cast five feet or more ahead of the lead fish since the lure will fly for two to three seconds and then land near the fast moving school. If it lands in the sweet spot, where the lead fish can see it, there will be a hookup. If it lands behind the lead fish, then it is often ignored. The school often stays up for up to five minutes or more, but once the boat is in range the fish tend to go down after the lures hit the water. The first cast must be accurate to get a quick hookup.
On June 20, the striper slurps began at first light and quit by 9 a.m. We didn't wait for the noon slurps to start because it was a hot day. You'll find more slurps in the evening too.
We did try trolling with deep divers over 25-foot slick rock bottom structure and caught stripers and smallmouth bass. We talked with bait anglers fishing in the shady coves on the east wall in Last Chance and they were catching a lot of adult stripers. Striper fishing is still good, despite the heat.
I often tell anglers to fish small, isolated white rock slides in the steep walled main channel to catch smallmouth bass. We tested that theory, but found the rock slides to be quiet. If we cast to the slick rock wall on the other side of the rock slide cove, though, we caught a smallmouth bass on every cast. Smallmouth bass are still active and very catchable. It just takes a bit of experimenting to find their preferred habitat for the day.
Walleye are active early morning and evening and during the day as they hang out under muddy water, floating on the surface caused by wind or wake action. Catfish, bluegill and green sunfish are active now as well, but the rising water has not allowed them to find their summer home. That will happen when the lake stabilizes in July.
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
(Jul 14) The Provo River has been running high but is beginning to slow down to more fishable levels. Watch for the green drake, caddis and mayfly hatches. Try using mayfly nymphs and dry flies. For the caddis hatch, try using caddis nymphs in the morning and evening, and caddis larvae and pupae during the day.
(Jun 29) Please continue to use caution as water levels fluctuate. Fish are still feeding heavily and are isolated near the edges of the river. Reports indicate plenty of stonefly and caddis activity. Try using caddis larvae and pupa patterns, stonefly nymphs, sow bugs, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs.
(Jun 22) Flows are still fluctuating on the Lower Provo, so please continue to use extreme caution. Fish are feeding heavily near the river banks, so river wading is not necessary to catch fish. Reports indicate plenty of stonefly and caddis activity. Try using caddis larvae and pupa patterns, stonefly nymphs, sow bugs, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs.
Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Jul 14) Kokanee fishing was excellent this past week! For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver/iridescent dodger. Fly anglers were also finding success using size 6-8 bead head leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. The water temperature was 65 degrees, and visibility was about 6 to seven feet. Anglers say the water level at the reservoir is about two feet below full, and that it's dropping. DWR biologists stocked more than 250 crappie from Pineview Reservoir into the reservoir, to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch a crappie, please release it so the fish can help establish the new population.
(Jun 30) Shore anglers report good fishing for most species. Kokanee fishing picked up throughout the week. Try using a pink or an orange dodger with a squid spinner. Fishing has been best in the early morning until about mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Warmer water temperatures have improved the smallmouth bass fishing, especially along the rocky shorelines near the bridge. Biologists moved more than 250 crappie from Pineview to Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, we're asking that you voluntarily release them so they can establish this population.
Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Jul 14) The algal bloom is growing and according to recent reports, it now covers a majority of the western portion of the lake. Please use extreme caution as the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Ben Holcomb, harmful algal bloom program coordinator for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, suggests avoiding activities on the lake that have direct contact with the water.
(Jun 29) Channel catfish fishing is hot and anglers report catching 18-to 30-inch catfish. Anglers report success fishing near the airport dike adjacent to the weed line. For catfish try using baitfish cuts, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits.
(Jun 22) Anglers have been catching channel catfish, bullheads and white bass. For catfish, try using chicken livers, hotdogs, stink baits or nightcrawlers. Use a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce egg weight sinker with 8 to 12 inches of leader. The white bass spawn is nearing its end, but anglers are still catching a few. For white bass, try using chartreuse, pink, or white curly tail grubs or paddle bugs.
Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch
(Jul 14) Anglers report catching large numbers of walleye, catfish and wiper. There have been many fish in the upper water column. One angler caught a large wiper using a silver spoon. Another caught several wipers over the span of a single hour. Anglers who have been closely observing the wipers to anticipate where the boils will start. Others report catching more walleyes than wipers. One angler reportedly caught six walleye.
(Jul 7) Anglers reported that the water temperature was around approximately 75 degrees as of July 5, and the water clarity was decent. One group of anglers reported catching several decent-sized catfish using a worm under a bobber. Another angler reported catching a four- or five-inch perch and missing several more near the north marina. The walleye bite was decent as well. Fishing was good for wipers near the south marina according to one group of anglers who caught almost a dozen between them. For wipers and walleye, anglers recommend trolling a jointed Rapala or a lipless crankbait between 2.5 and 3.5 mph.
(Jun 30) One angler who was trolling the reservoir in the afternoon reported that the bite turned on around 7 p.m., leading them to catch several large wipers. Another angler reports slow fishing from shore, having only received a few bites. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair this week.
(Jun 22) The water is murky and contains debris. Many anglers are reporting very poor fishing for wiper. However, anglers report catching some decent-sized walleye.
Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY
(Jul 14) Water has dropped to low levels that are making it difficult to launch from the Painted Rocks boat ramp. However, the Oasis boat ramp has plenty of water and is still safe to launch from. Reports indicate that anglers are catching walleye. For walleye, try using minnow-imitating lures and spoons that vibrate and rattle. They will attract walleye and encourage a strike.
(Jun 29) The water is low and launching is not recommended from the Painted Rocks boat ramp. However, the Oasis boat ramp has plenty of water and it's safe to launch there. Reports indicate that anglers are catching northern pike. If you're targeting pike, try using minnow-imitating lures, perch-colored crankbaits and plugs.
(Jun 22) Reports indicate that fishing has been slow. For walleye, try using a Strike King Redeye Shad, a Rapala Shad Rap, a Gary Yamamoto 4-inch DT grub or a UV Buck-Shot Spoon. For northern pike, try using minnow-imitating lures or crankbaits.