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Courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Baker Reservoir: Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers report mixed fishing success. Bait and fly anglers report fair to good fishing, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and can be more readily caught during the colder months. (02-07-18)

 Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes): Access is limited by snow and mud. The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 21. All other lakes are open. (02-07-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes: Access is limited by snow. (02-07-18)

Beaver River, Lower: The flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking the fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on woolly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning. (02-07-18)

Beaver River, Upper: Anchor ice makes fishing difficult in the winter. (02-07-18)

Boulder Mountain: Access is limited by snow. Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the Rules for Specific Waters section that begins on page 26 of the guidebook. (02-07-18)

Clear Creek: Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches long. (02-07-18)

Corn Creek: The gates have been closed at Corn Creek, Chalk Creek and Oak Creek. (02-07-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake: Duck Creek Pond is mostly covered with thin ice. (02-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon: The flow is below 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, although there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon: Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper: Access is limited by snow. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three to four years. (02-07-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper: Ice is gone from the upper and lower reservoirs. Anglers report slow fishing. (02-07-18)

Fish Lake: The 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament has been canceled due to insufficient ice. You still have a chance to win a prize, however. 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. Ice conditions are changing daily due to variable weather. Before you go out, we recommend calling Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 to check on current ice conditions. The open water near Joe Bush on the north end has grown significantly. The ice is seven to eight inches thick north of there to the Narrows. Ice from the Bowery Haven to the Lodge is safe close to shore, but unknown beyond a large pressure ridge. The ice is eight inches thick from the Lodge to Lakeside Marina, and then 10 to 12 inches thick, south of Lakeside. Uneven ice conditions can be found anywhere, so use caution and drill test holes as you go out. ATVs and snowmobiles are not recommended due to the uneven conditions. Fishing for perch is good to excellent on the bottom in 12 to 30 feet of water. Use small jigs and ice flies tipped with nightcrawler, mealworm or perch meat. Small trout can be picked up in the same area with the same technique. Use larger jigs or fish a few feet off the bottom to target trout and avoid perch. For larger trout, fish on the bottom in 20 to 30 feet of water or suspended at 15 to 20 feet over deeper water. Ice fishing is one of the best ways to target lake trout in deep water, but only go out where you know the ice is safe. Fish on the bottom in depths of 70 to 95 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with chub, sucker or perch meat. A fish finder is key to finding lake trout, reacting to their activity and enticing a strike. (02-07-18)

Forsyth Reservoir: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Fremont River: The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good success with hare's ear nymphs. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Gunlock Reservoir: The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from shore. The reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches long) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (02-07-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir: Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs are ice free. Fishing is fair for a variety of species. (02-07-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries: Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is open to fishing. (02-07-18)

Johnson Reservoir: Access is not maintained during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Kolob Reservoir: Access is limited due to snow. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing success. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout smaller than 15 inches or longer than 22 inches — all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (02-07-18)

Koosharem Reservoir: The ice should be safe. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. (02-07-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir: Access is limited due to snow. Ice fishing can be very productive if you can access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Mammoth Creek: Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Surface ice is forming on lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. (02-07-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir: Ten inches of ice have been reported on the north end, but there's some open water on the south end. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow and brown trout through the ice. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Minersville Reservoir: The ice is gone. Fishing is slow to fair. (02-07-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes: Access is typically limited during winter months. (02-07-18)

Navajo Lake: You'll need a snowmobile to access the area. The lake is completely capped, but please use caution — the lake froze unevenly this year. (02-07-18)

Newcastle Reservoir: The ice is gone, and anglers report slow fishing. (02-07-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park: The ice is almost completely gone, with one small sheet left near the dam. Anglers report mixed fishing success. Some days, fishing from shore is better, but other days, fishing from a pontoon is better. This probably means that rainbow trout are moving in and out of the shallows. (02-07-18)

Panguitch Lake: The east shore has safe ice up to 10 inches thick from the north boat ramp to Bear Paw Beach. The middle of the lake has uneven ice and some open water. Anglers report fair to good fishing. It can get very crowded on the weekends. (02-07-18)

Paragonah Reservoir: Access is limited, but the ice should be safe if you can get there. Most, if not all, of the rainbow trout were lost to flooding after the Brian Head fire. Roughly 13,000 seven-inch tiger trout were stocked at the end of November and will hopefully provide some fishing opportunity. (02-07-18)

Pine Lake: Ice and access conditions are unknown. (02-07-18)

Piute Reservoir: The reservoir was nearly drained again in 2017. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (02-07-18)

Quail Lake: Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from the shore and from boats. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass-fishing tips. (02-07-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir: Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet down) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (02-07-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon: Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to 100 cfs as water is sent down to Yuba Reservoir. This flow is still fishable and should keep surface ice from forming. (02-07-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain: The Solomon Basin lakes are typically accessible from Emery County with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (02-07-18)

Tropic Reservoir: Access is limited by snow. The reservoir should have safe ice. (02-07-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries: Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. Some excess brood rainbow trout have also been stocked. (02-07-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir: The reservoir is ice-free and filling. Rainbow trout will be stocked soon. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn next spring. (02-07-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir: You may need four-wheel drive to access the reservoir. The ice is 8 to 10 inches thick, and anglers report fair to good fishing. (02-07-18)