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Revised 09-22-17


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Bear River

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

(Sep 22) Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and rainbows. For smallmouth, try using swimbaits in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver-flash minnow. Remember that swimbaits can be fished at varying depths along rock ledges, parallel to points and across ambush points. Plastics are also a great choice for fall smallmouth bass fishing. Popular plastics include worms, jigs and creatures (i.e., crayfish). When using plastics, try a crawling motion that mimics how a minnow or creature would move through the water. For trout, try trolling popgear (tipped with bait) or neon-colored wedding rings; drifting a nightcrawler-and-marshmallow combo; or using PowerBait.

(Sep 16) Anglers are catching rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. For trout, anglers should try drifting PowerBait or nightcrawlers. For walleye, try using a 1/4-ounce orange-and-red jighead tipped with a nightcrawler or three-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and bouncing the bait off the bottom.

(Sep 8) Anglers are catching rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. For trout, anglers should try drifting PowerBait or nightcrawlers. For walleye, try using a 1/4-ounce orange-and-red jighead tipped with a nightcrawler or three-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and bouncing the bait off the bottom.

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Holmes Creek Reservoir

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

(Sep 21) Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 14) Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 9) Anglers continue to report slow to fair fishing. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

(Sep 1) Anglers continue to report slow to fair fishing. Try topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout.

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Jordan River

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Walleye, White Bass

No recent reports.

Lake Powell

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

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FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,629 feet Water temperatures: 76–79°F

Lake Powell fishing is always amazing. While working on the lake this week, my goal was to get to Good Hope Bay to repeat the fantastic boils I experienced on my previous trip, but wind has complicated fishing all week. My first stop was the San Juan, where we expected a few striper boils. We did not expect the magnum boils that developed along the north wall of Neskahi Bay on the morning of September 19. Active stripers were leaping high out of the water and hitting our surface lures consistently. If they went down for a few minutes, we just dropped spoons and caught more until they returned to the top. We had to leave them boiling to head uplake for the Good Hope Bay experience.

More wind greeted us at Good Hope Bay, and we only found one short, small boil. The next morning we ran all the way to White Canyon and did not see anything but a few single stripers hitting the surface. We saw very few boils from September 16 to 20.

What does this mean for boils this week? There will be boils lakewide, but the timing and location are not assured. Stripers are very fat and aggressive, and are constantly chasing shad — but much of that is happening in deeper water now. Instead of just scanning the surface, it is more important to watch the graph to find resting striper and shad schools in deeper water. You can catch these fish in 30 to 90 feet of water on spoons, downrigger trolling and even on bait.

My plan for the rest of the 2017 fishing season is take three rods. Attach a surface lure to one, a spoon on the next and a plastic shad-shaped worm on the third. With this combination, you can catch fish in any location of any canyon on Lake Powell. Stripers will hit surface lures and spoons depending on their depth and location. Smallmouth bass will crush the plastic bait.

My goal for the rest of the year will be to look for surface action, but it is fine to catch bass and stripers while scanning for a boil. Here is what to expect over the length of the lake:

Southern Lake: Spoons will be the most effective striper lure from Wahweap to Rainbow. Stripers are moving toward the backs of canyons. Rock Creek has the best recent reports from the backs of the three canyons. Bass are hitting well on the breaking edge of brushy points where the depth quickly falls from 12 to 25 feet.

San Juan: Expect striper boils in Cha, Wilson Creek and Neskahi Bay and uplake to the Great Bend. Spoons will work consistently in most canyons from the mouth of the side canyon to about half way back. Bass fishing in the San Juan is unsurpassed lakewide.

Escalante: Striper boils and spooning will be best from 50 Mile Canyon to Cow Canyon. Smallmouth fishing is very predictable on every rock slide in the main canyon.

Bullfrog: Spooning is the best striper technique. Start at Dome Rock in Bullfrog Bay and travel as far as Iceberg and Slick Rock downstream or Moki to Hansen Creek upstream. Rincon is awesome for bass fishing.

Good Hope Bay to Hite: Boils will start up again but the start date is unknown. Until then, use spoons to catch a lot of stripers. Trachyte Canyon to White is my best guess, but the water color is murky. It may be better to spoon in clear water from Good Hope downstream. I wish I could pin this down better but I did not find a consistent pattern during the day I was there. I saw my best boil in Popcorn Canyon across from Ticaboo.

Have fun fishing now that summer is over and autumn has arrived. There will be some monster boils at random times on random days lakewide, but you'll catch more stripers from deep schools that you graph on the bottom while waiting for the lake to boil.

(Sep 14) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,629 feet Water temperatures: 78–81°F

I had the pleasure of fishing with Adam Eakle who hosts hunting and fishing videos for KSL TV (Channel 5 in Salt Lake City). Adam wanted to make a video of striper boil fishing. The video will air on KSL on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. We agreed to fish in the northern lake on Sept. 7 because stripers were not boiling well in the southern lake.

Boils have been consistent in the northern lake from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon. The best time to see them is from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. After the boils cease, you can still catch stripers on spoons in the vicinity of the boil.

With this information to guide us, we launched from Bullfrog at dawn and headed uplake scanning for boils as we cruised. We saw a nice sunrise at Buoy 110. A few minutes later, near Buoy 113, we saw our first boil. It was small and widespread, but we caught our first stripers of the day. Around the next corner, Buoy 114, we found the first big boil and caught stripers on top for the next 40 minutes. We cruised uplake, looking for more, and saw them near the left hand wall just past the floating restroom. We caught boiling fish constantly for the next 45 minutes. When the stripers went down, five anglers quickly filleted over 100 stripers with electric knives on our boat. With the fillets cooling in the ice chest, we resumed our trip to White Canyon. We were not disappointed to see a quick boil as we neared Battleship Rock. These fish did not stay on top long, so we used spoons to catch a few more. Then we turned around to head back down lake and ran into another boil at 10:20 a.m. The total count from White Canyon was 30 more stripers, which brought the morning total to 130 fish. Not a bad day. The breeze was increasing, so we headed in.

On Sept. 12, we launched at Wahweap Stateline and passed through the Castle Rock Cut. Anglers had caught stripers on the Warm Creek side of Castle Rock the day before using spoons, with a few fish hitting the surface. We saw a few fish come up behind Castle Rock. We headed for the splash rings, but no more fish surfaced. A quick look at the graph changed our attitude and we switched from surface fishing to deep water spoons. Once we deployed spoons, the stripers jumped into the boat for the next half hour. When the sonar screen went blank, we saw stripers breaking the surface near the shore. We grabbed the surface lures and rushed toward shore, where we caught another 10 fish in widespread boils. With 30 fish in the cooler, we headed toward the back of Warm Creek but were delayed near the floating restroom by a bigger and tighter boil. We caught 20 more stripers from this boil on surface lures. The surface action was over by 9 a.m. At the fish cleaning station, we counted 55 stripers that we had caught in less than three hours.

This week's report is simple. Look for surface action for the first three hours of each morning. Cast surface lures to the boiling fish. After they go into deeper water, find them on the graph and drop spoons to the bottom to catch many more. Striper fishing is hot. Expect this to continue through the rest of September and into October. Boil time is the first three hours after daylight and then the last two hours before dark. They also come up randomly during the day.

Smallmouth bass have been reportedly boiling with stripers on the San Juan. Stripers chase shad, which run toward the shore where they can hide in the brush line. Bass wait in the brush for shad to swim by and ambush them. Near shore this morning, we caught some nice two-pound smallmouth on surface lures while casting to stripers.

Fishing is heading towards a fall peak that has not been seen for a very long time. Don't leave home without a surface lure and a spoon close at hand.

(Sep 8) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,630.5 feet Water temperatures: 81–85°F

Lake Powell was busy over Labor Day weekend. The weather was warm and the winds were calm. Many visitors enjoyed camping in the warm and beautiful summer conditions. There will be another week or two of warm weather, and then the cooler fall weather will arrive. Right now the lake is capped with 80°F-plus water, which is warm for really good fishing. In the spring time, the best fishing occurs when the water warms into the 60s. Right now, we are waiting for the temperature to drop into the 70s. Once that happens, here is what you can expect:

Striped Bass: Small stripers are accustomed to feeding in really warm water. The quick boils of Labor Day weekend featured 8- to 13-inch stripers. Older stripers that have boiled the last two months have done very well. They are two inches longer, fat and strong. I didn't hear many reports about larger stripers feeding on top, which means that the bigger fish were too hot to boil, the lake was too busy or shad were moving away from main channel spots that were hot a week ago. It really does not matter why there were less boils because there are still huge schools of shad in the backs of the canyons. Stripers will now move out of the main channel and work toward the backs of the canyon. The next boil period will likely erupt as soon as stripers make the transition to searching the canyons, instead of the main channel, and find shad in side canyons lakewide. I predict that top water fall fishing will begin in mid-September and boils will be big and long lasting. Expect boils to be near shore instead of in the middle of the channel. Look for giant splashes in the backs of canyons.

It has been difficult to see stripers on the graph because the schools are spread out and chasing individual shad near the surface. When the schools become tighter and are move to shallower water, it will be easier to identify a striper school. During the fall, always have a top-water lure ready to cast, but use a spoon when you see a school on the fish finder.

Smallmouth Bass: You can find smallmouth in deeper water when the surface water is so warm. Recently, the best technique has been to visibly locate a submerged brushy reef near shore. Move to the breaking edge of the reef and fish on the next drop off where water depth is 15 to 30 feet deep. Smallmouth are grouped in schools in the deeper water. You can see these groups of fish holding near the bottom. Once you're over the school, drop plastic grubs on leadhead jigs or dropshot-rigged, shad-shaped worms into the school. Right now, bass fishing is a lot like striper fishing. You can locate bass on the graph rather than just looking for the right structure and bottom depth.

I have found the best bass schools by trolling a mid-depth crankbait along the breaking edge of the reef. When you catch a bass, check for curious followers by casting plastic grubs to them as they chase the hooked fish right up to the boat. Bass fishing has been quite good using this method. Catch bass until they leave the spot or the boat drifts away, and then troll again to find another hungry group.

Bluegill: Adult bluegill have grown quite large. You can find them in the deepest brushy water available. With the lake water level going down, those brush piles are getting shallower and are visible in the clear water. Drop mealworms or Gulp minnows down to the tops of the brush to catch some very colorful feisty fish.

Channel catfish: Catfish are active in the evening near camp. Use some leftovers from dinner right behind the houseboat on a sandy beach in water that is about 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfish really like the murky water near the end of the canyon where good campsites are found.

Fishing is still really good at the lake, but will get even better in the weeks to come.

(Sep 1) by Wayne Gustaveson

Lake elevation: 3,631 feet Water temperatures: 79–83°F

After returning from a week's vacation, there were a number of exciting fishing reports waiting. Striper boils were reported much closer to my home port at Wahweap. Normally, large boils require travel to the San Juan or Good Hope Bay. These boils were a short boat ride away at Castle Rock, Warm Creek and Navajo. With great anticipation, we loaded up and headed out Tuesday morning before dawn.

The sunrise was absolutely beautiful as we crossed Wahweap Bay on perfectly calm water. We saw single fish splashing near Castle Rock, but headed uplake looking for a larger fish concentration. As we turned the corner heading to the main channel, the wind came up which prevented us from going to the mouth of Navajo. We fought the wind all the way to Gunsight, then Labyrinth, Face and finally stopped at Gregory Butte. We didn't see any boils through the white caps. The wind finally quit as we headed back down lake to Labyrinth.

In flat water, we finally saw stripers hitting the surface. These stripers were in wide spread, small pods of three to six fish covering a large cove. We caught a fat, healthy striper each time our topwater lures landed near a surfacing fish, but only one fish from each pod with lots of chasing. These were not the large striper boils we were looking for. So we moved on.

One report indicted a consistent boil in the main channel between buoys 13 and 15. We found a school at mid-morning, but they went down before we could get to them. We caught one fish blind casting to the vacated spot. We saw a quick boil at Labyrinth wall, but they went down before we could cast.

In short, stripers did not welcome me back with open fins. The wind kept the stripers down during the morning prime time. When the wind stopped, the stripers stayed deep. My striper boil report is a recap of reports received recently from anglers that did catch a lot of stripers in boils in the southern lake. In the past few days, anglers reported striper boils at Castle Rock (Warm Creek side), mouth of Navajo, main channel between buoys 13 and 15, Gunsight, and Face Canyon.

Some of these boils were huge and lasted a long time. Stripers could be boiling right now at the spots I visited this morning. In fact, we met anglers at the fish cleaning station who caught boiling stripers at Castle Rock at 7 a.m. If we had gone down toward the dam instead of Warm Creek this morning, we would have witnessed an hour long boil in the cove halfway between Wahweap Marina and Buoy 1. More evening boils were reported near Buoy 9 just uplake from Antelope Point Marina. In short, boils are where you find them, but the morning and evening are still the best time to look.

Uplake, anglers found strong boils in the back of Halls Creek. Last week's hot spots seem to be quiet right now. Each time I make this report, though, those old boil spots take off again so don't be afraid to return to a spot that has recently boiled.

We stopped and trolled in a few spots this morning and found smallmouth bass, and an occasional striper willing to hit crankbaits, near rocky reefs or long primary points. We caught the best and biggest in the early morning shadows, particularly in the area just vacated by surface feeding stripers. In the bright sunlight, the size of smallmouth that we would catch declined dramatically. Smallmouth bass anglers were not doing well when we talked to them mid-morning. I suggest trolling to find a good bass spot and then using dropshot rigs with shad-shaped worms.

Fishing was tough for us this morning because of the wind. When that happens, stripers often feed at mid-day or again in the evening. I think I will go out again this afternoon. Catching stripers on top water lures is the most exciting fishing that happens in fresh water.

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Provo River

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

(Sep 22) Lower: Flows are slowing down. There are sporadic nymph and pale morning dun (PMD) hatches throughout the day, and caddis hatches every evening. We are entering the pre-spawn stage for brown trout. As we move towards the spawn, you will start to see males demonstrating more aggressive behavior, and females bedding up on redds. Streamers will provide great results as the spawn unfolds. Try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and PMD emergers.

Middle: The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are sporadic PMD and nymph hatches, and caddis hatches every evening until 9 p.m. Try using caddis dries, larvae, and pupae, as well as pale morning dun emergers.

(Sep 8) Lower: Fishing should be good. There have been caddis and pale morning dun hatches early in the morning and late evening. Try using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, or pale morning dun emergers and midges.

Middle: Fishing has been best in the early morning and late evening. Try targeting areas with deeper water. Watch for caddis and pale morning dun hatches, then try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs, or pale morning dun emergers.

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Starvation Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 9) Great walleye and kokanee fishing continues at the reservoir. For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. To help the yellow perch population, biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 18-inch walleye. To catch walleye, try fishing in 15 to 24 feet of water using Rapalas or jig heads tipped with worms. Jigs that imitate crayfish are also working well. The walleye are very aggressive and will bite on almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers are finding success using size 6-8 beadhead leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. This spring, DWR biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and stocked them in Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, please voluntarily release them so they can help establish this new population.

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Utah Lake

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) Anglers have been catching white bass and channel catfish. For catfish, try using chicken livers, Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers or sucker cut bait. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jig head, cut bait or chartreuse Marabou jigs. Anglers report that the white bass are larger and more abundant than in years past.

(Sep 8) Anglers have been catching channel catfish, white bass and walleye. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch chartreuse, pearl or white curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jighead, or gold Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. For walleye, try jigging a chartreuse 1/4-ounce jighead tipped with bait and bouncing it off the bottom. You can also use minnow-imitating lures or rattle traps.

(Sep 1) Terry of Payson fished the morning at Provo State Park and caught 3 good-sized channel cats and 1 white bass using shrimp.

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Willard Bay

Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wipers (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Sep 21) Anglers report good fishing for brown trout. While they recommended catching them on the fly, they did not specify which patterns were doing best this week. The river was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on September 13.

(Sep 14) The water temperature is still approximately 75 degrees. Fishing for smallmouths and catfish has been decent this week, including from the shore. The wiper bite was more variable, with some anglers catching nothing and others limiting out quickly. We received much fewer reports of boiling action. If you're fishing for wipers, anglers recommend you go during the evening using mussels or any lure that imitates a shad.

(Sep 9) Fishing reports for wiper have varied wildly—ranging from slow to hot depending on the angler, the day and the time of day. Wiper fishing was best in the evening, according to some reports, and anglers even report explosive boiling action when they caught huge numbers of fish very quickly. One angler said that the boils on September 3 were unlike anything he had ever experienced at Willard. Other anglers fished multiple days and said that some days were good to hot and some were slow. Shore fishing was fair overall. One angler caught a couple decent-sized wiper over the course of a morning and noticed that other shore anglers were also experiencing fair fishing.

For wipers, anglers recommend virtually any lure that looks like a shad: Shad Raps, Rapalas such as the Rattlin' Rapala, Kastmasters, or anything white or chrome. Wipers were hitting mussels as well. When the fish are biting, they're biting aggressively and putting up a good fight that anglers enjoy. Several of the wipers that anglers reported catching were decent-sized.

Anglers also report good to hot fishing for catfish and walleye at Willard as well. A worm has been very successful in bringing in decent-sized catfish. Walleye anglers caught several fish by fishing near the bottom.

(Sep 1) Fishing is good to hot at Willard. Many anglers are reporting boils, especially in the shallow areas. Anglers also have reported boils near willows and by the west dike. We have received several reports of anglers quickly limiting out on wiper. Some anglers report catching dozens of wiper. Anglers say that virtually any lure that looks like a shad will do the trick: Shad Raps, Rapalas (such as the Rattlin' Rapala), Kastmasters or pretty much anything white or chrome. Wipers are also hitting mussels. Most of the catches reported were not very large, but the fish are biting aggressively and putting up a fun fight for anglers. Catfishing at Willard has been quite good as well. A simple worm is very successful at bringing in some nice catfish.

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Yuba Reservoir

Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Sep 22) Water has dropped to extremely low levels, and you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. Please use extreme caution when boating and avoid underwater hazards. For northern pike, try using silver Rapala Floaters or BOOYAh Pikee Spinnerbaits, and target areas with aquatic vegetation and cover.

(Sep 8) The reservoir has dropped to an extremely low water level, so you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. Please use extreme caution when you're boating because there are hazards underwater. For walleye, try using minnow-imitating lures and spoons that vibrate and rattle.

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