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
(Aug 4) Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass using swimbaits. Anglers recommended Keitech Swing Impact Fat swimbaits (in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver flash minnow), Big Bite Baits swimbaits (in baby bass green flake, sunfish or silver shiner) or Lost Creek Swimmers in green pumpkin. Try fishing with these baits at a variety of depths and along rock ledges, next to points or across ambush points. When you using swimbaits, you can also try popping, ripping, splashing or using a steady retrieval. Trout fishing has been slow, but try trolling with chartreuse or neon-orange wedding rings or popgear tipped with bait.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye
(Aug 12) We have not received any angling reports from Holmes Creek Reservoir this week, but anglers have recently reporteded fair to good fishing for bass using plastics. Anglers recommended fishing as early in the morning as possible in order to beat the crowds, especially on the weekend.
(Aug 4) If you're fishing for bass, try throwing plastics. If you're targeting rainbow trout, worms and PowerBait are always good to try. You might want to consider fishing early in the morning to beat the crowds.
(Jul 21) If you want to fish somewhere close to home, the bite has been excellent at Holmes this week. Several anglers reported that they're still catching decent-sized (above stock) rainbow trout using worms or PowerBait. Bass fishing is hot as they are still on their beds. Try plastics for them. Because of the large numbers of kayakers on the pond recently, you might want to consider fishing early in the morning to beat the crowds.
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
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(Aug 17) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,633 feet
Water temperatures: 79–83°F
Lake Powell is still warm on the surface (79–83°F), active stripers are sporadically boiling lakewide and smallmouth fishing is improving dramatically.
Striped bass are boiling over the length of the lake. The boils are larger and last longer from the mouth of the San Juan to Hite. There are commonly many schools that come to the surface and feed on shad for extended periods occurring both morning, mid-day and evening. When stripers are actively feeding on top, it is possible for anglers to stay within casting range of the schools as they pop up and down often. Sometimes they come up out of range, but other times they are close enough to make a short cast and catch many fish in a short time. One group of anglers caught over 100 stripers during a morning of fishing.
Be aware, though, that stripers often take a day off. They can boil prolifically in one spot two days in a row and then be missing completely on the third day. When they don't show up, spend time looking for another active group. Heading north from Bullfrog may be the best way to find another active school, but boils occur randomly and can be hard to predict. When stripers do not come to the surface as expected, keep a rod ready to cast while traveling up or down the lake. When the fish start to boil, get in range quickly and cast to the feeding fish. They will go down quickly and then pop back up close to spot where first seen. It is wise to travel in a pattern between the spots where you've previously seen boils. Stripers can miss a day and then come back up in the same spot where they were found a few days ago.
The boil pattern in the southern lake is very similar to that reported uplake. The exception is that boils are less abundant, quicker and the fish take more days off. On my trips uplake, I often see a few quick boils in only a spot or two. I can catch 10 to 20 fish instead of 50 to 100.
The great news lakewide is that smallmouth bass are feeding actively and are easy to catch. They were missing in action during the first part of the month. The declining lake level has allowed them to find the habitat and forage they like and to stay in it. Their prime location is along a shallow shoreline covered with brush. It is possible to find smallmouth along the tall main channel walls or in rocky coves, but the most consistent spot is along sandy flats with brush. I took my young grandson fishing and trolled along the brushy shoreline of West Canyon and Neanderthal with a lure that ran at 12 feet over the brushy bottom at 20 feet. Smallmouth were holding near the tree tops and were very excited to attack my shad lure (2.5-inch Live Target, Threadfin Shad Silver Bronze) as it swam past their bush. He caught a lot of bass.
Trolling over tree tops is a great way to find walleye as well. Now that shad are abundant, it is best to fish for walleye at first and last light. Walleye prefer to feed at night in summer conditions, but they are fat and healthy and you can catch them by trolling and casting.
Catfish are another night prowler. They are easy to catch off a sandy beach near camp or where your houseboat is parked for the night. Fish using some table scraps on a (#4) circle hook behind the boat.
Bluegill and green sunfish are active now and often use a parked houseboat for shade. Take the kids to the back of the houseboat. Put a Gulp Minnow or small worm on a tiny hook and catch some sunfish. There are still lots of things to do at Lake Powell.
(Aug 11) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,633.9 feet
Water temperatures: 79–83°F
The lake's water level is declining slowly. It would be great if the lake stayed at or above the current level forever, but there are some advantages to declining water levels in the late summer and fall. First, the flotsam the rushed downstream with the huge runoff will be stranded on the shore, making boating much safer. Next, clean sandy beaches will be increasingly available for shore camping and daily visits to the lake.
Most important to me, with my total focus on fishing success, is that it's easier to identify fish habitat and which fish should be in each type of habitat. Bass anglers are habitat oriented as they search for the best structure that will hold the fish they want to catch. Largemouth bass are often in thick brush in relatively shallow water. Smallmouth bass will be prowling along the edges of a brushy ridge or cove. As the water declines, those habitats will be easier to find and then successfully fish.
This week, rocky points that extend out into the bay (primary points) — separated by a cove or indented shoreline — were the common smallmouth habitat. Smallmouth bass were consistently holding on the points and ignoring the coves. Focus on fishing the primary points, and ignoring the coves and shoreline, to catch a lot of bass. I caught a few nice smallmouth bass while fishing open water reefs looking for striper boils.
Stripers are also starting to follow the rules established over the years. Normally, stripers chase shad to the surface at first light in the morning and go quiet after about 9 a.m. We left Stateline ramp at first light, ran uplake and found boiling stripers in Warm Creek, Face Canyon, Gregory Butte main channel and mouth of Rock Creek. We did not stay long at any one spot because we wanted to see how far uplake the boils persisted.
We found stripers were still feeding quickly and stayed on top less than a minute. We ran to the feeding spot and hoped to be close enough to catch fish when the school resurfaced. If we were in range, then we caught fish. If not, we repositioned and hoped that the fish would come back in range. Our best success came when the boat was in range for the second uprising. We didn't catch many stripers when we tried the third boil from the same school. Surface lures worked better than shallow runners and spoons. Remember that as soon as the school leaves the surface, it dives for deeper water. If the school appears on the graph, you can catch more fish by dropping a small, heavy spoon to the depth indicated. One-ounce white or speckled Bomber slab spoons have been working well on the fleeing stripers.
Stripers in the southern lake are still feeding closer to the main channel than the back of the canyon. There are many more shad schools holding in the backs of the canyons, but stripers are gradually working toward the back and seem content to stay in open water until the shad disappear, at which time they will head further back in the canyon. For now, stripers are in the bays and you can see them from the main channel and main canyon mouths.
The best boil reports this week were in the main channel between the Escalante Arm and Halls Creek. The San Juan was great as well. I heard few reports from the northern lake, so the results were inconclusive. I would not be afraid to head north to Good Hope to find boiling stripers.
The only other fishing technique that was successful lakewide is downrigger trolling. Stripers quit boiling at 9 a.m. and can start up again anytime they want. When they are not boiling, they hold at 30 to 50 feet. Downriggers can deliver a shad-shaped lure to stripers at their holding depth, so you can catch them all day long while waiting for next boil. The afternoon wind prevents boils, but downriggers can overcome that as well.
(Aug 4) by Wayne Gustaveson
Lake elevation: 3,634 feet
Water temperatures: 81–85°F
If you're shopping for the best deal on striper boils at Lake Powell, the answer is simple: the far north lake. The area from Good Hope Bay (Buoy 118) to Trachyte Canyon (Buoy 125) is the most productive. There are boils occurring every day over the length of the lake, though, so it is possible to find them anyplace and anytime. But if you asked me for a list of the top 5 boiling spots, it would look like this:
Good Hope to Trachyte
San Juan–Cha Canyon to Great Bend
Escalante River Arm
Rincon to Forgotten Canyon
Face Canyon to Rainbow Bridge
Wind, rain and sunshine are all factors that influence boiling activity. Wind tends to keep stripers from boiling, but when it stops the hungry stripers like to make up for lost time and feed very aggressively. Rain may keep anglers off the lake, but stripers can easily ignore rain because they are already wet! When the sun is shining brightly from dawn to dark, stripers choose their own best time to feed. They may start chasing shad at first light or sleep in until 8 a.m. before feeding. My plan, when looking for boils, is to head out at first light and cover a lot of water during the first three hours of daylight. If you don't see any boils, that makes it more likely that surface action will occur in the evening. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees.
I live near the number five rated boil spot on the lake, so I am reporting for that area. Other canyons uplake are better for boils and fish caught, but similar in how to find and catch them.
Today, I headed out at first light and found a breeze blowing. According to my rules, that's not good for finding surface action. When I got to the choppy water in Padre, I stopped and trolled along the east wall in the shade. The result was one smallmouth and one striper caught in 15 minutes. That is too slow for me. The wind let up a bit, so we moved to Face Canyon.
Surface feeding stripers were in the same bay where we found them last week. The boils were very quick, averaging about 25 seconds from beginning to end. If we moved close enough to the previous boil and they came back up again in casting range, then we would catch a fish. Usually we arrived at the boil with the water still trembling on top, but the fish were gone. We chased five or six quick boils, caught four fish and moved on.
At Buoy 25, we saw a quick rise now and then but never got in casting range. We didn't see or catch any fish at the mouth of West and Dove, so we went to Friendship Cove. It was calm and quiet there, but no fish. We got a report from a wave runner Captain that there had been a huge boil there at 7 a.m. We missed it.
We decided to take one look in Rock Creek and then head back. It was 10 a.m. and way too late for morning boils. The mouth of the three Rock Creeks has been a good boil spot over the years, so we went there. We were very surprised to see the biggest boil of the morning against the wall between Main Rock and Middle Rock. Then the fish came up in the middle of the bay. The next boil was on the east wall of Dry Rock. This bay was the best spot of the day and we quickly caught 20 fish on topwater lures in less than an hour.
Surface feeding stripers can come up at any time or place. The shad in their stomachs were two to three inches long, which means these fish need to boil to catch fast moving shad. They go down quickly because the surface temperature of the water is 84 degrees, which was too warm for the two- to three-pound stripers to stay on top for long. They dive quickly to deep water to cool off, and then pop back up again to eat more shad. We haven't seen stripers in the superb physical condition of those we caught today since 2016. They are fat again.
We saw many, and caught a few, smallmouth bass in the rock slide areas of Rock Creek. As the lake level declines, bass fishing will get back to normal with bass occupying habitat that is easy to find.
Fishing success is amazing! When you stick with it and keep trying, the result is a fun day of fishing, a good catch and the memorable red rock walls and blue water. I love this place!
(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.
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
(Aug 4) Lower: Fishing has been best from late afternoon to dark. Anglers have observed caddis hatches and pale morning dun hatches. Try using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, or pale morning dun emergers, pheasant tails and sow bugs (sizes 16 to 18).
Middle: Fishing is hot. There is plenty of surface activity. The caddis hatches are prominent, but there is some pale morning dun activity. Try fishing from late afternoon to dark using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, or pale morning dun emergers, pheasant tails and sow bugs (sizes 16 to 18).
Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye
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(Aug 4) Walleye and kokanee fishing is still great! Try trolling with a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. Please keep your limit of walleye from 10 to 18 inches. This will help the yellow perch population. Try fishing in 10 to 25 feet of water using jig heads tipped with worms, or with Rapalas. These walleye are very aggressive and will bite almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers recommend sizes 6-8 beadhead leeches and olive, black and orange, or purple buggers. The water temperature is 73°F and the visibility is six or seven feet. Division biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and into Starvation to establish a new population of the forage fish. If you catch crappie, please release to help establish a population.
Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
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(Aug 4) The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a moderate algal bloom warning advisory for the lake. Use extreme caution because the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Anglers have been catching 25 to 32 inch channel catfish using nightcrawlers, chicken gizzards and stink bait. To avoid losing your chicken gizzards, try encasing the chicken liver using panty hose and then tie it to your live bait hook.
Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch
(Aug 12) According to anglers, the fishing for catfish wasn't as hot as it was last week, although several people still reported catching a few. Anglers also reported fair to good fishing for walleye. Wiper reports have been very hit-or-miss. Reporting anglers who did catch wipers said that they were using mussels. Anglers have not reported any boils.
(Aug 4) Fishing was hot for catfish as several groups of anglers reported bringing in catfish that were 18-24 inches in length. Many successful anglers started fishing very early in the morning. Worms worked very well for catching catfish. Reports related to wiper were much less consistent, with a few anglers bringing in their limit of wiper and others reporting that they were skunked. For those who did land some wiper, mussels did well.
(Jul 21) Anglers reported catching more catfish than wiper. Some anglers are doing well for wiper while others are only coming back with catfish. A shore fisher caught a very large wiper by paying attention to a boil that was approaching off of the shore. However, we have not received very many reports of boil sightings from anglers this week. Anglers had good success fishing off of the west side of the reservoir in the early morning. Another angler, who was trolling, caught two nice-sized wiper and a few catfish, while another said that 1.5 mph was the ideal speed to troll. Try a silver spoon, blue-and-white shad pattern lures or a perch-pattern Rapala
Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch
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(Aug 4) Water has dropped to low levels and you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. There have been few anglers fishing the reservoir. For northern pike, try using the Rapala Husky Jerk (size 14) in any of the ghost-color combinations.